On Wednesday 13th August 2014, Sis Sonia and I attended the brilliant theatre production titled ‘Perserverance Drive’ at the Bush Theatre. Due to my busy schedule and motherhood, it is sometimes difficult to go and visit the theatre but this was a treat.
Preserverance Drive was an excellent play which had Sis Sonia and I laughing as we were reminded of past experiences and scenarios but it also prompted you to think about family, death, religion, relationships and marriage, happiness, health & wellbeing, attitudes towards homosexuality and much more. As the production was ending two days later, I just hoped that this was not the only time that people got to see this play. As a keepsake, Sonia purchased the screenplay booklet which I read of the way home. Thank you Bush Theatre for inviting me to see this play.
In the heat of the Caribbean sun and to the familiar sound of gospel hymns, the Gillard family prepares for the funeral of their mother Grace. Tensions ignite as Josh, cast out for being gay, arrives in Barbados after 6 years of excommunication. Widowed Eli wants to sell the family home on Perseverance Drive, but Grace’s will reveals a different plan.
London, 4 years later. The table is set with Tiger Malt, lashings of Madeira cake and chocolate digestives (milk, not dark). Secrets are exposed at this last family gathering but Eli knows time is running out: Can the Gillard family reconcile their faith in God with their faith in one another?
I know we have a certain amount of dirty laundry in this family, but is it really necessary to keep on washing it so publicly?
Exploring the joys and frustrations of loving our loved ones, Perseverance Drive tells an epic family story that stretches from the sunny shores of Barbados to the grey skies of Leytonstone. Don’t miss this witty and uplifting new play by acclaimed writer and actor Robin Soans (Talking to Terrorists, Out of Joint / Royal Court, Life After Scandal, Hampstead Theatre), directed by Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre.