Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Presents

Shebeen: Pay What You Can Performance

By Mufaro Makubika

Wednesday 6 June at 7.30pm and Thursday 14 June

Main House - Tickets: Pay What You Can

Suitable for ages 12+


This performance of Shebeen is a ‘Pay What You Can’ performance.

Live entertainment doesn’t have to cost a fortune. See world-class theatre for the price you can afford with our Pay What You Can performances.

Join us for Shebeen on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 7:30pm or Thursday 14 June and pay…whatever you can. 50p, £1, £5; whatever you can afford to give us, that’s what the tickets cost for that performance.

How does it work?

Tickets will only be available to purchase on the day of the performance, in person from Nottingham Playhouse Box Office (from 10am – 6pm) and cannot be bought online or over the telephone. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and issued in sequence. Tickets are subject to availability.

You will need to fill out a Pay What You Can form at the Box Office and bring along however much money you want to pay for your ticket, which you privately place in an envelope. You can also download and print out the Pay What You Can form in advance here.

No choice of ticket is possible. Tickets are limited to two per person. Payments must be made in cash only. Tickets cannot be exchanged to other performances or refunded. Subject to availability. If you have mobility requirements or use a wheelchair please contact Nottingham Playhouse Box Office on 0115 941 9419 on Wednesday 6 June 2018 and Thursday 14 June only.

About the Play

“Do you think dreams are wasted on people like us?”

It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march.

Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen.

Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.

As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.

Specially commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Shebeen invites you to a party you never knew existed. This world premiere by Nottingham Writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.

Shebeen won the Alfred Fagon Best New Play of the Year award in 2017.

It stars Karl Collins in the role of George and Martina Laird in the role of Pearl.

Karl Collins

Martina Laird

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Dates & Times

Shebeen: Pay What You Can Performance - Wed 6 Jun 7:30pm Wed 6 Jun Main House 7:30pm Pay What You Can
Shebeen: Pay What You Can Performance - Thu 14 Jun 1:30pm Thu 14 Jun Main House 1:30pm Pay What You Can
Shebeen: Pay What You Can Performance - Thu 14 Jun 7:30pm Thu 14 Jun Main House 7:30pm Pay What You Can

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