Alongside Sapphire Joy, J’Ouvert also stars Annice Boparai, Gabrielle Brooks and Zuyane Russell. It will be directed by Rebekah Murrell.
J’Ouvert starring Sapphire Joy is at The Harold Pinter Theatre 16th June to 3rd July 2021.
You’re starring in J’Ouvert at The Harold Pinter Theatre, what can you tell us about the play?
I am! We are bringing Notting Hill Carnival to you live and direct! We’ve got music, we’ve got dancing, and we will be remembering and honouring communities of both past and present. We’ll also be exploring friendship, womanhood, and the Black British experience.
What was it about Yasmin Joseph’s writing that convinced you that you wanted to be part of this production?
Yasmin Joseph’s writing reflected so much of my life experiences and I believe those experiences are worth sharing.
Do you think it will be a challenge bringing the spirit of Carnival to the West End?
Not at all. The whole team have got it covered. Plus, to bring the spirit of Carnival to the West End when there isn’t a certainty that it will happen this year, is a real honour for me.
It’s already been filmed for BBC Lights Up, how will that filmed version translate to the stage?
Brilliantly! Yasmin wrote J’Ouvert for the stage, for an in-house audience. So, sharing and bouncing the energy of the play between us (the cast) and the audience will elevate it.
What’s your favourite thing about playing Jade?
My favourite thing about playing Jade is her loyalty to her friends and her community. Throughout the play you see there isn’t anything she won’t do to support them.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see J’Ouvert?
Come through. All are welcome. Let’s come together and celebrate!