Suzan Spence and I recently received a Sir Barry Jackson award to put on a rehearsed reading of our co-written play Black Country Blues at the Public in West Bromwich.

Local venues are now showing an interest in touring the play and we've appointed a producer to take it forward. Here are some images from the reading and some of the accompanying marketing material.


 

 

'And now me get a likkle freedom, you warn me fi tek on problem?'
Norma is a middle-aged Jamaican who speaks her native patois at home. She is a single mother of two daughters. As a nursing sister Norma's no-nonsense approach to life hides her inner sensitivity.

'You can't go around taking revenge like some delinquent kid.'
Collette is a student at a London university. She is the youngest of her family and her mother's favourite. Collette is sensible and caring. She sometimes feels as if she is the referee between her mother and her sister.

'Collette. move yu kin ya, unless yu plan fi tek a long cold swim inna dutty warta.'
Gina is feisty, loud and speaks her mind. She arrived from Jamaica as a teenager so did not grow up with her mother and sister. Gina is also fun-loving and spontaneous. Never backward in coming forward, she can easily let her actions and words get her into trouble.

'Why doe ya come when ar pick these wenches up?'
Ashley is a Black County Jack the lad. He has hedonistic qualities and likes to wax lyrical with his anecdotes.

'I don't think dad likes me very much.'
Peter is the younger brother, soon to start his final year at university. He is shy, clever and non-confrontational, and put upon at home by his overbearing father.

'Right bloody pair yow am, ar doe know which is safter.'
Vernon is a larger than life Black Country Man, the father of Peter and Ashley, a widower who tries to be the master of the house with his disgruntled tirades.