In a nutshell
One man's final attempt to legitimise his humanity through subterfuge and art
Based upon Ralph Ellison's seminal novel The Invisible Man this adaptation for stage will go way beyond portraying the experiences of an individual, but of a shared human condition that speaks directly to our time. Illegally occupying the basement of an attractive apartment block, we are introduced to the nocturnal world of the Invisible Man who boasts of successfully divesting himself of all emotional ties to mainstream society. However, after existing underground for some years our protagonist is suddenly possessed by a compulsion for visibility again, to break free from his life of hibernation and isolation in order to confront head on the forces that originally drove him underground.
What to expect
The play is set within the golden era of the Harlem renaissance where African American literature, music, theatre, film and dance created a cultural revolution of excellence in America. The vintage of the Harlem renaissance gave birth to a movement of artists who went on to achieve international renown; and no tradition has proved more enduring over the past 30 years than the spoken word phenomena which was birthed in the Harlem renaissance. In our production of the Invisible Man we will be paying homage to the best of these traditions in music, dance, literature, photography, film and drama.
Byron Wallen is "one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive" (Jazzwise Magazine). Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing with many of the most renowned artists of the music world.
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE is a British actor, playwright, director, singer and broadcaster. On 2004 he won the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Play for Elmina's Kitchen. He became artistic director of Centre Stage in Baltimore 2011 and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to drama.
Shane Shambhu is an award winning creative visionary. He has an extensive career as a performer, director and collaborator spanning, dance, theatre, opera, music, mime, mask, circus, film, radio, literature, visual arts and poetry. Through his knowledge of the Indian performing art Bharatanatyam Shane's work and collaborations constantly defy categorisation.
Paul Anthony Morris is the Founder and Creative director of Crying in the Wilderness Productions. He is the inaugural winner of the Adopt A Playwright Award, a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award and the winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First. His published plays are 35 Cents and Identity.
George Eggay is an established actor with over 20 years experience in theatre, film and television. He has just completed performing in King Lear with Glenda Jackson at the Old Vic which won a 'Critics' Circle Theatre Award' for best Shakespearean performance.
Venue Details & Map
35 - 47 Bethnal Green RoadLondonE1 6LA
- +44 (0)20 7613 7498
- Public transport:
- Shoreditch High Street Station - Exit the station, turn out on to Bethnal Green Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Rich Mix is located a short distance along the road.