Godot starts waiting in Birmingham

Published: 11 March 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

Waiting For GodotWest Yorkshire Playhouse and Talawa Theatre Company's new production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot which features an all-black cast transfers to the Old Rep Theatre this week as part of Birmingham REP's off-site season.

Jeffery Kissoon and Patrick Robinson take the roles of Vladimir and Estragon - two men waiting for the elusive Godot - with Fisayo Akinada, Guy Burgess and Cornell S John completing the ensemble.

Trinidadian Jeffery Kissoon (Vladimir) works regularly with the RSC and will play Caesar in its all-black cast production of Julius Caesar this summer.

He performed opposite Kim Cattrall in Antony and Cleopatra at Liverpool Everyman last year and was an associate artist at Birmingham REP during the ‘90s playing leading roles in Othello, Macbeth and The Tempest.

Direct from appearing in War Horse in the West End, Patrick Robinson plays Estragon. He's previously performed at the REP, in 2007 playing Thomas Peters in Rough Crossings, a drama about 18th century slavery written by historian Simon Schama.

Talawa Theatre Company is recognised as Britain's foremost black-led theatre company. Since its inception it's mounted more than 40 productions including African, Caribbean, American and British classics and new writing.

The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary and Waiting For Godot is its final production under the leadership of artistic director Patricia Cumper.

Waiting for Godot is directed by Ian Brown with design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Ian Trollope.

It runs at the Old Rep in Station Street, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.