By MUSTAPHA MATURA directed by KALUNGI SSEBANDEKE
★★★★★ “Meetings earns its status as one of the best plays to see in 2023″ LondonTheatre1
★★★★ “An undeniable gift” WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Joyful and thought-provoking” The Stage
★★★★ “Meetings is still a knockout… a totally engaging production” The Arts Desk
★★★★ “Riotously funny and a feast for the senses… this engaging revival remains as much of a must-watch as it did forty years ago” Broadway World
★★★★ “This is sunshine and moonlight, rum and ritual, and a critique of colonial legacy all wrapped up in one big-hearted and ultimately explosive package” Daily Express
“Nimble, sparky humour and the charming cast capture Matura’s subtly satirical inflections” The Guardian
“This is a first-rate revival… a must-see” FringeReview
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Suited, booted, and stuffed with American burgers and fries, Hugh walks out of a meeting and buys a mango on the street. To the bemusement of his high-fl ying wife Jean, Hugh becomes obsessed with the foods of his Trinidadian childhood and hires a cook, Elsa, to indulge his nostalgic passion. Mustapha Matura’s razor-sharp comedy is about identity, belonging and the cost of progress.
Martina Laird plays Jean. Martina is a familiar face from TV shows including Casualty and Dreamland, alongside notable theatre credits for the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and Donmar Warehouse. She is joined by fellow RSC star Kevin N Golding as Hugh and Bethan Mary-James (Trouble in Butetown) as Elsa.
Following his performance in 2019’s Blood Knot and his OT playwriting debut Prodigal for Inside/Outside in 2021, Kalungi Ssebandeke returns to the OT as the winner of the prestigious 2023 JMK Award with Meetings.
The OT follows Mustapha Matura’s Play Mas in 2015 with the first major UK revival of Meetings: an atmospheric, entertaining and poignant play set to capture the sights, sounds and smells of the Caribbean.
“A pioneering black playwright who opened the door for his successors” Michael Billington, The Guardian on Mustapha Matura
“As nimble as it is comic” New York Times on Meetings
Meetings promotional image by Rebecca Need-Menear
Meetings production images by Marc Brenner
Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval
This production contains strong language. This production
explores themes of race and identity. There are references to illness and
Herbal cigarettes are smoked on stage and there may be haze. Food substances will be cooked, prepared and eaten on stage including fish, tomatoes and citrus fruits. Please contact the Box Office if you have any queries regarding allergens.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm (Wed 18 Oct at 7pm)
Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from Thu 19 Oct)
Members’ and Patrons’ Evening
Wed 1 Nov
Booking is open exclusively to all our Members and Patrons. Membership starts at £60pa and supports the OT to create our ambitious programme of artistic and community work. These evenings are a chance to mingle with fellow Members and Patrons, meet the OT staff, and hear from the cast and creative team of the production.
Post-show discussion led by the OT
Admission is free with your ticket to the performance.
Audio Described performance
Mon 30 Oct 7.30pm
Thu 2 Nov 7.30pm
Relaxed & Distanced performance
Tue 7 Nov 7.30pm
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Under 30s £15 tickets on all seats for all performances – subject to availability.
£15 access tickets – find out more
£15 tickets available for members of theatre unions and guilds
OT On Screen
The play will also be available to watch online from home via OT On Screen.
Available to stream on demand at a time that suits you anytime between 7.30pm BST on 14 November 2023 and 11.59pm BST on 17 November. BOOK HERE
Kevin N Golding
Director Kalungi Ssebandeke
Designer Olivia Jamieson
Lighting Designer Ali Hunter
Sound Designer Jose Puello
Costume Supervisor Naomi Wright
Movement Director Diane Alison-Mitchell
Voice and Accent Coach Aundrea Fudge
Assistant Director Namoo Chae Lee
Cultural Consultant Jim Findley
Casting Coordinator Sarah Murray
Deputy Stage Manager Rachel Harris
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager Rhea Jacques
Show Assistant Stage Manager Katy Ross