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Kwame nose best: A new play reworks a classic French tale to celebrate early Caribbean forays into Britain

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Pinkerton,Lee (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
London, UK
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Theater, Great Britain, Emigrants and immigration, Caribbean, Culture, Black culture, Minority & ethnic groups, Entertainment, Kwei-Armah, Kwame
"I wanted to write a play that celebrated the journey of our parents," explains [Kwame Kwei-Armah]. "A lot of the previous plays tell us the old, grey story about `No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish,' but that isn't very entertaining. "Growing up, I had a big nose but when Afrocentricty came in the '80s suddenly I had an African nose," recalls Kwame. "[Chris Monks] is White and together we have a play that is accessible to all communities," says Kwame. "It's not just about Black issues, it deals with universal themes like love, feeling inadequate and beauty."