Princess & The Hustler

by Chinonyerem Odimba
Directed by Dawn Walton

An Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre co-production

“Funny, moving and characterful.” ★★★★★ Bristol Live

"Richly textured, passionate and enormously affecting. Beautiful.” ★★★★ The Times

"A beautifully crafted play about a family threatened by racial tensions during the 1960s." ★★★★ The Observer

“Heartfelt and timely...” ★★★★ The Stage


“My name is Phyllis Princess James. I will wear this crown every day. I will never take it off even when I am asleep.”

Meet Princess. A cheeky 10-year-old, with a plan to win the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Trouble is, her mum is busy working several jobs, her brother, a budding photographer, won’t even take her picture and then – The Hustler returns.

In 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, Princess finds out what it really means to be black and beautiful.

Princess & The Hustler is the second national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was last year’s sell-out production of Black Men Walking.

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Best New Play Award 2018.

“Black, beautiful and brilliantly funny.” ★★★★ Broadway World 

"A wonderful show for anybody who is struggling to accept their differences and to see their own beauty.” Centre Stage Reviews

“Captivating, powerful, shocking at times and thoroughly enjoyable.” Bristol24/7


Want to be part of the story? Eclipse are looking for local community members to be part of the community chorus and play an important part in the final production. Interested? Find out more here.

Tour dates:

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Sat 9 Feb - Sat 23 Feb 2019

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Wed 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019

 

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Tues 5 – Sat 16 Mar 2019

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton

Tues 19 – Wed 20 Mar 2019

 

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Mar 2019

 

Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Wed 3 – Sat 6 Apr 2019

Live Theatre, Newcastle

Tues 9 – Sat 13 Apr 2019



Cast and Creatives:

 

Phyllis ‘Princess’

Kudzai Sitima

  Mavis

Donna Berlin

  Wendell 'Junior'

Fode Simbo

  Wendell 'The Hustler'

Seun Shote

  Margot

Jade Yourell

 

Lorna

Emily Burnett
 

Leon

Romayne Andrews
     
 

Writer

Chinonyerem Odimba

 

Director

Dawn Walton

 

Set and Costume Designer

Simon Kenny

 

Lighting Designer

Aideen Malone

 

Composer and Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton

 

Movement Director

Victoria Igbokwe
  Fight Director

Stephen Medlin

 

Voice and Dialect Coach

Joel Trill
 

Assistant Director

Emilie Lahouel

 

Dramaturg

Ola Animashawun

 

Casting Director

Briony Barnett

Photo credit: The Other Richard

Illustration by Cressida Djambov

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Co-producing partners:

 

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Funded by: 

 

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