Theatre Review: Rush - A Joyous Jamaican Journey

Words: Andrew McCartney
Friday 14 June 2024
reading time: min, words

The good ship Empire Windrush sets sail from the Playhouse...

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All aboard. Welcome to the good ship Empire Windrush. The opening premise of what turned out to be an amazing, joyous and vibrant experience for the enthusiastic, diverse cast and audience. 

The stage production of 'Rush - A Joyous Jamaican Journey' performed by the Rush Theatre Company at the Playhouse took the audience on a thrilling journey through the rich cultural heritage of Jamaica and its highly influential impact on the life and times of those who live in the British Isles.

From the moment the curtain rose, the stage came to life with an explosion of colour, music and dance. The enigmatic presence of John Simmit, (renowned comedian and entertainer), set the scene by creating an immersive and energetic atmosphere that kept us all engaged from start to finish.

The music, performed by The JA Reggae Band, delivered an electrifying soundtrack, combining wonderfully to deliver a smorgasbord of reggae, ska, lovers rock, calypso, rock steady and gospel tunes. The infectious songs endeared the audience to play their part fully with feet tapping, head swaying, choral singing and aisle dancing.

Highlighting the struggles and triumphs of the Jamaican people

The set design was simple and yet worked so well in the perfect setting that was the Playhouse, (at its usual best). Every element contributed to the overall atmosphere of the performance.

Alongside the vibrant music the production showcased many diverse aspects of Jamaican culture including its history, key characters, customs, culinary delights, faiths and fashions. 

In addition to its entertainment value, 'Rush - A Joyous Jamaican Journey', also shined a light on interesting social and historical issues. The narrative explored themes of identity, colonialism and resilience. Highlighting the struggles and triumphs of the Jamaican people, the story came across as deeply thought-provoking and inspiring, being laced with the continued possibility of hope for a future of human togetherness where all lives matter,

Overall, the stage performance of "Rush - A Joyous Jamaican Journey" is a captivating and immersive experience that celebrates the vibrant culture of Jamaica. With its powerful performances, infectious music, stunning set design, and thought-provoking narrative, it is a must-see for anyone seeking a dynamic and engaging theatrical experience.

Rush – A Joyous Jamaican Journey played at the Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday 12th June 2024.




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