James Baldwin is one of the most important American writers of the 2oth century. His novels and essays express eloquently the difficulty of a black person in America in the 1950s and his play, The Amen Corner , currently on at The National Theatre is a visually and musically stunning exploration of that experience. It is a beautiful and inspiring fusion of gospel, comedy and tragedy that pits suffering and grief against faith and community. We would wholeheartedly recommend it as a thoroughly enjoyable night of theatre. See The Telegraph’s review here.
Year 9s who enjoyed the unit of study on ‘The Black Experience’ will find the play especially illuminating. It will be on at The National until 14 August and is a testament to the high calibre of theatre that lay at your doorstep. If you can’t book, go and wait for returns, a surprisingly rewarding experience if you’ve never done it.
Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom!