Two special events to complement Roots

Monday 21st May 2012

This Thursday – 24 May – at 12pm in the Playroom there will be a rehearsed reading of the final part of The Wesker Trilogy, I’m Talking About Jerusalem. Andrew Breakwell, Director of Roots tells us more:

“It’s the story of the Simmonds family and their attempt to live in rural Norfolk during the years after the war. The audience is reunited with Ronnie, Ada and Sarah Khan from Chicken Soup with Barley, the first part of the trilogy. They hear about local girl Beatie Bryant (the heroine of Roots) and the play explores the rural idyll to which Beatie refers to in her memorable Act Three speech against the pull of city life. The rehearsed reading will be read by members of the cast from Roots. They are especially delighted to bring this rehearsed reading to you on the 80th birthday of Arnold Wesker.”

Our second special event is a rehearsed reading of Wesker’s Four Portraits – of Mothers on Friday 1 June at 1pm.

Andrew explains why he chose to put on a rehearsed reading of this particular work: “Four Portraits – of Mothers was written in 1982 especially for the Japanese actress Michiko Otsuka. The four female members of the Roots cast will take on the roles of the four mothers and I am particularly excited about this as I think it will give an interesting insight into the characters they play in Roots. In this play we meet the unmarried mother, the mother who never was, the failed mother and the Earth Mother – I believe all four echo and resonate with the female characters in Roots, but I would love to know what other people think.”

Both rehearsed readings are in the Playroom above CAST and are free to attend just call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 to reserve your place.