Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow "bruising, brilliantly witty play" (Time Out) on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012.The play is steeped in history; written in 1957, and performed in '58, it is a ground-breaking story of struggle, and has been described as a breakthrough in Britain for black writing .
Written by Trinidadian actor-playwright John, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl has hit home for a lot of people. Audiences of 2012 are as impressed and have as much praise as the audiences of '58. It is claimed society has become more sophisticated, thus to shock and surprise has become a challenge, but John's story of struggle, faith, and the troubles with humanity are as prevalent as ever, and is more than worth the applauded response.
One of the main themes of the play is money. In the current economic crisis, even though the 'credit crunch' is 'over', the more recent issues with the Greece still shake the stability of the Euro, Pound, and US Dollar. The play could not come at a more apt time where people are tightening their belts, and trying to make ends meat. That said, this is a play, and the issue of race, is of course, as prevalent as any.
The play in its first incarnation was staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on December 4, 1958, and finally revived 60 years later in 2012 at the National Theatre.
Due to high demand the play will only be showing at The REP for two nights, so you'll have to be quick if you want a ticket - it promises to be a production worth it's weight in gold.