At least I am my own boss. No regrets. I choose what I do. I am lucky.
Itâ€™s 1973 and the West Indies have spectacularly beaten England at their own game, in their own backyard.
Shakie, an 18-year old super-savvy wheeler-dealer, is in his element â€“ and not just because of the cricket.Â Life is good: his furniture business is making serious money and he owns a flat on the Kingâ€™s Road, the epicentre of everything thatâ€™s cool.Â Moreover, his best friend Stumpie has come up with a plan to crack the booming music industryÂ together – the possibilities are endless so when Shakieâ€™s ex-lover Jackie arrives atÂ theÂ Chelsea flat, the trio toast the future.
The champagne is flowing and ambition is running sky high – but how far will they go, and who will they sacrifice, in their quest to be rich beyond their wildest dreams?
The Death of a Black ManÂ received its world premiereÂ at Hampstead in 1975. 46 years on,Â Alfred Fagonâ€™s darkly compelling drama, with its witty and complex characters, remains compulsive viewing today.
Alfred Fagon was a soldier, boxing champion, a welder, actor, poet and playwright.Â The leading theatre award for Black British writersÂ is named in his honour: Alfred Fagon Award
Dawn WaltonÂ was the former Artistic Director of Eclipse TheatreÂ andÂ makes her Hampstead Theatre debut.Â Her most recent productions includeÂ The GiftÂ (Theatre Royal Stratford East),Â Red Dust RoadÂ (National Theatre of Scotland) andÂ Black Men Walking (Royal Court).
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