Set in 1973, West Indies cricket, the England v West Indies Test series that year, and the performances of Garry Sobers are central to the meaning of The Death of a Black Man.
The play opens with a speech by Shakie (Nickcolia King-N’da), holding a cricket bat and standing in front of a set of cricket stumps, explaining why he is inspired by the spirit and legacy of Garry Sobers.
Sobers scored a glorious century during the third and final 1973 Test match at Lord’s which helped West Indies to a 2-0 series win v England. This was his last Test innings on English soil.
The Death of a Black Man received its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 1975. 46 years on, Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling drama, directed by Dawn Walton, is back at Hampstead from 28 May to 10 July.
Excerpts from 1973 and Me: The England v West Indies Test Series and a Memorable Childhood Year, and a full page advert promoting the book, are in the Hampstead Theatre programme to complement the play.
It was great to work with Pascale Giudicelli, Programme Editor and Chiara Wakely, Creative Content and Communications Manager at Hampstead Theatre, to make this happen.
1973 and Me is out and available now!
“A great book with some wonderful memories! Especially for someone like me who grew up in the 1970s. Great value and great reading if you enjoy your sport”.
“As someone who is not a fan of cricket, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed and gained from this book, particularly for the wider perspective of a rich cultural world I have not been a part of. A great read, passionate, very informative and entertaining”.
“1973 and Me is an engaging insight into the world of West Indian cricket and the impact on the author as a child growing in London. I enjoyed his almost photographic memories of his childhood events and impressive knowledge of the socio-political background of UK and West Indies. Fascinating read, highly recommend it”.
Faik Luta, playwright, literary festival organiser and former BBC radio producer
“Born into a traditional West Indian family later in that decade – I knew what cricket meant to the community. Colin’s 1973 and Me is a wonderful insight”.
Trev aka Taye Adwa, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
“A really enjoyable read, mixing history, cricket, personal recollections from childhood and a healthy dose of nostalgia”.
Tim Mansfield, Lancaster
Shafeeza Ali-Motilal, Trinidad
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1973 and Me also features exclusive Q&As with Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, Deryck Murray on Inshan Ali, and Colin Grant on The Wailers 1973 tour of Britain.
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