Nottingham Playhouse in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East


By Mufaro Makubika

Friday 1 - Saturday 16 June 2018

Theatre - Tickets: £37.50 - £8.50

Suitable for ages 12+ - Running time: 2hrs 5 mins, including interval


Winner of the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award

“it is Laird’s Pearl who anchors the play, her excellent, steely performance saying so much about the strength that Windrush-era black matriarchs had to show” ★★★★

The Guardian

“full of tenderness and joy … Matthew Xia’s production is electrified with tension” ★★★★

The Times

“a blazingly original work of socially relevant theatrical art that resonates deeply with its audience” ★★★★ 1/2

East Midlands Theatre

“what an atmosphere… the dialogue crackles”

Exeunt Magazine

“Martina Laird as Pearl and Karl Collins as George give beautifully rounded performances”

The Stage

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

It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Ann’s, 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 the Windrush generation: a community under siege and the sacrifices they made for love.

Starring Karl Collins as George and Martina Laird as Pearl.

the sounds of the windrush generation

Check out our playlist of calypso tunes, some of which will feature in the play.

Post-Show Discussion – Thursday 7 June

Schools Tickets

School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased.
Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.
Take a look at our range of wraparound workshops and sessions for your school in connection with Shebeen.

Groups Tickets

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on tickets (subject to availability). Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production.
Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.
Find out more on our Access page.


George Karl Collins
Pearl Martina Laird
Earnest Rolan Bell
Mrs Clark Hazel Ellerby
Mary Chloe Harris
Sergeant Williams Karl Haynes
Constable Reed/Robert Dunne Adam Rojko Vega
Linford Theo Solomon
Gayle Danielle Walters

Creative Team

Writer Mufaro Makubika
Director Matthew Xia
Designer Grace Smart
Lighting Designer Ciarán Cunningham
Sound Designer/Composer Richard Hammarton
Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo
Dramaturg Kirsty Patrick Ward
Fight Director Kev McCurdy
Dialect and Voice Coach Hazel Holder
Casting Director Sarah Bird CDG
Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG

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Dates & Times

Shebeen - Fri 1 Jun 7:30pm Fri 1 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Sat 2 Jun 7:30pm Sat 2 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50 Sold Out
Shebeen - Mon 4 Jun 7:30pm Mon 4 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Tue 5 Jun 7:00pm Tue 5 Jun Theatre 7:00pm Press Night £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Wed 6 Jun 7:30pm Wed 6 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Thu 7 Jun 1:30pm Thu 7 Jun Theatre 1:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Thu 7 Jun 7:30pm Thu 7 Jun Theatre 7:30pm Post Show Talk £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Fri 8 Jun 7:30pm Fri 8 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Sat 9 Jun 2:30pm Sat 9 Jun Theatre 2:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Sat 9 Jun 7:30pm Sat 9 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Tue 12 Jun 7:30pm Tue 12 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Wed 13 Jun 7:30pm Wed 13 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Thu 14 Jun 1:30pm Thu 14 Jun Theatre 1:30pm £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Thu 14 Jun 7:30pm Thu 14 Jun Theatre 7:30pm Audio Described Performance £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Fri 15 Jun 7:30pm Fri 15 Jun Theatre 7:30pm Sign Interpreted £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Sat 16 Jun 2:30pm Sat 16 Jun Theatre 2:30pm Captioned Performance Audio Described Performance £37.50 - £8.50
Shebeen - Sat 16 Jun 7:30pm Sat 16 Jun Theatre 7:30pm £37.50 - £8.50

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