Cast members of the world premiere musical, Playboy of the West Indies, currently playing at Birmingham Rep presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, travelled to tropical climates this week without leaving the city.
Gleanne Purcell-Brown who plays Peggy, Durone Stokes who plays Ken, and Angela Wynter who plays the role of Mama Benin in the production headed to Birmingham’s famous Botanical Gardens for an exclusive photoshoot.
The cast enjoyed moments in the glorious Birmingham sunshine underneath the palm trees at the city’s famous 15-acre gardens, which were established in 1832.
Based on the Irish Classic The Playboy Of The Western World, Mustapha Matura’s hilarious reinvention Playboy Of The West Indies has been delighting audiences and critics alike world-wide for over 35 years. Now, the classic play has been transformed into a glorious new musical with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score firmly rooted in the Caribbean.
It stars Gleanne Purcell-Brown as Peggy, Durone Stokes as Ken, Elizabeth Ayodele as Ivy, Guy Burgess as Mac, McCallam Connell as Mikey, Derek Elroy as Stanley, Nathaniel Morrison as Fisherman Pepe, Neil Patterson as Jim, Tendai Rinomhota as Schoolgirl Iris, Rachel Summers as Alice, Chris Tummings as Phil and Angela Wynter as Mama Benin.
Playboy of the West Indies is written by Mustapha Matura; music composed by Clement Ishmael and Dominique Le Gendre, with lyrics by Clement Ishmael, Nicolas Kent, Dominique Le Gendre and Mustapha Matura; and directed by Clement Ishmael, Nicolas Kent and Dominique Le Gendre. It is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, a six month celebration of creativity in the West Midlands surrounding the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games generously supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.