Reviews

What audiences say about ‘Marshall Street’

“Great casting, writing and acting. Monologues woven beautifully and the whole show was tinged with the human warmth of Smethwick.”

“A fantastic re-imagining of an important event; excellently performed and directed. It is a story not only for then but also for today. I think it needs to be more widely seen and not only in the Midlands.”

“Educated, Inspired. Resonated with the current political issues. Grateful for a rare chance to see people like me and my neighbours on stage.”

“Tremendous writing, excellently performed. Funny and educational too.”

“Powerful … deserves to be seen more widely”

What an inspirational piece of work.”

“I loved the writing, it was brilliant.”

“Such a wonderful piece of freshness that the audiences of the world but especially Birmingham need because not many people know that Malcolm X even came to Brum.”

Theatre Reviewer Amy Stutz:
http://amystutz.com/2019/10/03/review-marshall-street/

“Jon Morris has cleverly directed the narrative to be simple, yet completely engaging. The way the characters move around the stage and interact with the audience creates a real connection. Their integration with the audience enhances the storytelling.

Gurpreet Boparai is fantastic in the role of Harbhajan. He brings real charisma and humour with his charming personality. Telling tales of his optimistic venture to England, he plays the comedic timing superbly. His sweet characterisation makes it even harder to swallow the racial hatred he faces in his life.

Criscentia Spence displays the sensitivity of of Bernice delicately. Spence plays the role with real personality as she delves in to what it was like to settle in a completely new country. Julie Baker captures the essence of a 60s Brummie woman in the role of Gladys. Baker gives an expressively animated performance. 

Jason Adam’s character of Ronnie is really interesting. He is growing up and going to school in Smethwick, naturally taking on the opinions of the adults around him. But as he befriends a young black girl at school, his opinions begin to change. The way Adam transforms from that naievity to discovering the complexities of the racial tensions is flawlessly performed. 

It is an eye-opening piece of theatre that shines a light on the history of Birmingham. The characters are well-crafted and the storytelling is compelling. Marshall Street is quietly powerful and packs a real punch. 4****”