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Princess and the Hustler at the Nuffield (City) Theatre: 19-20 March 2019

NEW PLAY TELLS THE STORY OF FORGOTTEN CIVIL RIGHTS SCANDAL

PRINCESS & THE HUSTLER

19 – 20 March at NST City

Nuffield Southampton Theatre are delighted to welcome Princess & the Hustler to NST City 19 – 20 March.

Meet Princess, a cheeky 10-year-old with a plan to win the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Trouble is, her mum is busy working several jobs and her brother, a budding photographer, won’t even take her picture. How is a girl supposed to win?

Writer Chinonyerem Odimba’s Princess & the Hustler is set in 1963 Bristol against the backdrop of the bus boycott, when the city came together to protest against the Bristol Omnibus Company’s policy to not hire black and Asian people on its busses.

“The play centres around a family. And within that family is a young girl full of hopes and dreams, like any other young girl. The fact that Princess is from a Black family is only relevant because we get to see what I like to call ‘Black girl joy’. A girl living for her dreams. But for Princess, holding onto those dreams at this particular time in British, and Bristol history is not that easy. So as well as audiences having fun with Princess and her family, I want them to really engage with what some of the Black families in Bristol would have faced.”

Princess & the Hustler is being staged by Eclipse Theatre, a company “making strides in telling black Britain’s lost stories” who last year produced the sell-out production of Black Men Walking.

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