Nine Night

National Theatre

Nine Night

21 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018

Pro reviewers rating
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3.9 out of 5.0
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Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners.

Gordon’s debut play is an exploration of the rituals of family.  


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“There’s probably no funnier performance in town than Cecilia Noble as Aunt Maggie... Richly enjoyable family drama.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Skilfully directed debut play about family life and the rituals of mourning.”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Gordon’s intense, moving play pulls the focus tightly on a grieving family... Points to the cathartic power of ritual.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“An alternately tough and tender exploration of family ties and West Indian traditions.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Gordon’s highly impressive debut... acquires extra resonance in the light of the Windrush scandal. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Gordon’s debut play buzzes with comic energy and boasts moments of affecting intensity.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A pretty tight, well-written piece... I feel like it could be fleshed out a little more.”

Debbie Gilpin (Broadway World)

“Lovely... speeches: delivered tautly by Ashman, explosively by Greenidge and magnificently by Noble... Weise directs with brio.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“An assured playwriting debut for actress Natasha Gordon that would be even more assured had she pushed past 100 minutes.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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