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Tobi Kyeremateng, BadBreed and Theatre503 presents


Written by Yasmin Joseph
Directed by Rebekah Murrell
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5 x £5 tickets: Available for all evening performances, weeks 2-4 (SOLD OUT)

£18 | £17 | £12 Conc.| 
£10 Previews (1-4 June) & Weds Matinees | Pay What You Can Sat. Matinees
RUNNING TIME / NOTICES: 95mins (no interval)  / Recommended for 14yrs plus. Production contains strobe lighting.
TAILORED PERFORMANCES: 12 June, 12noon Parent & Baby & 7.30pm Relaxed;
19 June, 7.30pm Captioned

“What people you know can party through all of the earth’s elements?”

Carnival is here. The streets of Notting Hill are alive with history and amongst the pulsating soca, dazzling colour, and endless sequins and feathers, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world they thought was theirs.

A timely reflection on the Black British experience and sexual politics of Carnival, J’Ouvert is a piercing, hilarious and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

J’Ouvert marks the debut play of Yasmin Joseph and directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night, National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios), with the two combining forces with producer Tobi Kyeremateng to create an exciting new theatre company, bringing this rhythmic, vibrant, testimony of womanhood to life.



RELAXED: For anyone who benefits from a more relaxed performance environment. House lights are left up with audience free to exit and reenter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects will be omitted also.

PARENT & BABY: Similar to our Relaxed Performance in terms of technical alterations, but provided as an opportunity for new mums and dads to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.

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Yasmin Joseph

Yasmin is one of Theatre503’s resident playwrights, The 503Five, and an alumna of the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab. Recent credits include Sugar (Kiln Theatre: Mapping Brent) as well as short plays, The Place of Shining Light (Theatre503) and Do You Pray? (Theatre503 and Southwark Playhouse).


Artistic Team
Yasmin Joseph
Rebekah Murrell
Set & Costume Designer
Sandra Falase
Lighting Designer
Simisola Majekodunmi
Sound Designer
Movement Director
Shelley Maxwell
Assistant Movement Director
Leanne Blossom
Stage Manager
Lorrell Rawlins
Production Manager
Cat Ryall
Marketing Manager
Chama Kapumpa
Tobi Kyeremateng
Executive Producer
Zena Tuitt
Annice Boparai
Sapphire Joy
Sharla Smith
★★★★ Timeout
Posted on 12 June 2019

Yasmin Joseph’s excellent and ambitious debut play follows three young women at the Notting Hill Carnival

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Review: J'Ouvert at Theatre503
Posted on 10 June 2019

Carnival, this distinct and temporary space with its colours and abundance, its inviting rhythms and seasoned foods, felt special, and being a small part of it made me feel special, too.

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Soca News
Posted on 7 June 2019

The language, the music and the movement all feel right.

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★★★★ The Stage
Posted on 6 June 2019

A gorgeously authentic carnival story from playwright Yasmin Joseph and actor-turned-director Rebekah Murrell

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gal-dem on J'Ouvert
Posted on 6 June 2019

J’Ouvert play captures the bliss of carnival through the eyes of young British Caribbean women

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★★★★ London Pub Theatres
Posted on 6 June 2019

This is Notting Hill Carnival meets the black box theatre space. The space is transformed into a carnival vibe with music that makes you want to dance.

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The Play's The Thing
Posted on 6 June 2019

This is a piece for people who feel Carnival in their bones and live Joseph’s references year after year. Laughter regularly rings out, along with knowing verbalisations and joining in with familiar sayings.

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★★★★ Everything Theatre
Posted on 5 June 2019

a great play that provides a very powerful message alongside powerful laughter.

★★★★★ The Upcoming
Posted on 4 June 2019

J’Ouvert is the effort of two young women to exorcise and liberate themselves, to imagine their empowerment and their reclamation for what is rightfully theirs – their bodies, their space, their voice – culminating in Joy’s powerful speech at the end of the show.

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Audience Reviews
Very strong debut from both director and writer.
Audience Member
Nice to see a story about carnival. A story that I've never seen on stage.
Audience Member
Insightful, inclusive, entertaining, engaging, non judgemental yet hard-bitten. Loved it!
Audience Member

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