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Nine Night

2 Male, 4 Female

Natasha Gordon Price: $12.99

Most Promising Playwright, Critics' Circle Awards - 2018
Most Promising Playwright, Evening Standard Awards - 2018

Family, food, music and mourning

Gloria is gravely sick

When her time comes, the celebration begins - the traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake

But for Gloria's children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test

Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories

And an endless parade of mourners

Natasha Gordon's debut play Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family

It premiered at the National Theatre, London, in April 2018


"A highly impressive debut play … Gordon has a gift for raising big issues through laughter" ~ Guardian

"A remarkable debut … Gordon has a finely tuned ear for the humour of everyday life … an eloquent vision of what it means to be haunted by the past" ~ Evening Standard

"Reverberates with authenticity … [has] a great warmth of characterisation" ~ Daily Mail

"Gordon's intense, moving play pulls the focus tightly on a mourning family, and the mingled strains and comforts that tradition offers ... her humour isn't cautious: it's unafraid to poke at racism, colourism, and the insults traded as Jamaica and Britain stare each other down, across centuries of brutal and oppressive history … the play says so much about how we rely on family for validation, for confirmation of our identity, putting a weight of need onto them that they sometimes just can’t fulfil. And it points to the cathartic power of ritual, too, in a culture whose burial rites are miles away from traditional England’s sad, grey funeral teas" ~ Time Out

"Sharp and snappy … an undeniably important piece that both celebrates and gives a voice to the Windrush generation and its descendants living in Britain today" ~ Broadway World

"The beauty of Nine Night is in the ordinariness of it. The mainstream delivery of black stories is often – too often – overtly political. Brutalised bodies and violent racism is disturbingly normalised in black British theatre. But what we have here is a pure tale about a regular family, dealing with a regular fact of life. This play is a gift, and you’d do well to go and receive it' ~ The Stage

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