Black History Studies supported the promotion of ‘Pandora’s Box’ the latest play by Ade Solanke. We attended the Arcola Tent on Saturday 12th May 2012 with high expectations and were not disappointed.
We attended the pre-show talk on the Education of the Black Child attended by Ron Blagrove and Olu Alake, President of the 100 Black Men of London who gave us their interpretations on this hot topic. Ron gave us some crime statistics which we quite alarming in relations to young people of which young people from African and Caribbean families are affected disproportionately. It was a shame that not a lot of people were in attendance to this section of the event.
The discussion ended and we went to Peppers and Spice Restaurant which I highly recommend. They seem to be doing very well business-wise and it was busy as we drove past and busy when we went for some lunch.
We attended the afternoon matinee which was a full house. Pandora’s Box, a lively and compelling examination of loyalty, love and betrayal; Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.
On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London? A family spanning three generations and two continents meet in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion unleashes long-suppressed truths.
I loved the play, a simple set made you focus on the characters and the Arcola Tent made you feel part of the show. The play addresses a subject of great topical debate in the African-Caribbean community regarding the education and safety of our young people. The post show discussion with Diane Abbott MP and others was very interesting and was a good way to end the event.
We then headed to North West London to attend the event ‘The Interrupted Journey: The African Family from Ancient to Present Time Part III’ at Willesden Library which was a nice way to end our busy day. There was an interesting lecture by Dr Kumani Nehusi and live music and performances from established and up and coming artists. Thank you Empress Jay for inviting us to this event.