Play Mas by Mustapha Matura
1950s Port of Spain. Samuel, a young tailor’s assistant, dreams of Trinidad’s independence.
On the eve of carnival everyone fills the streets, dressed up to play mas. This annual celebration turns to tragedy and spurs Samuel on to make a decision that will change the political landscape of the future of this vibrant, volatile island.
A wickedly funny, exuberant and poignant play from Mustapha Matura. Born in Trinidad, he is the multi-award winning writer of numerous plays including Rum an’ Coca-Cola, Playboy of the West Indies and The Coup. Play Mas premiered at the Royal Court in 1974, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, and transferred to the West End. This is its first major revival.
Cast and creatives
Director Paulette Randall
Designer Libby Watson
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Sound Designer Al Ashford
Casting by Briony Barnett
Kevin N Golding
Melanie La Barrie
Victor Romero Evans
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond 11 March – 11 April 2015
“A superb revival of Mustapha Matura’s 1974 darkly funny exploration of Trinidad… It sweeps you up and leaves you breathless.” Time Out