ANANSI AND THE GRAND PRIZE - for Bristol Old Vic
Presented by Ruth Ramsay & Edson Burton
Directed by Nick Young
Written by Edson Burton
Produced by Ruth Ramsay
Music by Omer Makessa
Supported by Bristol Old Vic, Arts Council England, Merchant Venturers, Tropical, and St Paul's Carnival
"Any rum drinker on 'is backside is a student of life. Mi goin fi wring yu neck, chop of yu head, and feed yu to your own liard mouth!"
Anansi’s about to lose it all. He's skint, his schemes have all failed and Tacoma’s about to leave him. He’s finished, unless he can pull off one last trick: win the Island’s Poco dance and music festival, its grand prize of $25,000, and beat international reggae/soul superstar Joe Tell who also has eyes on the prize (and Anansi's wife). Trouble is, Anansi's got no costume, no mas camp, no skills and no chance.
Set in a fictitious island melting pot during Festival season, Anansi and the Grand Prize is a bawdy, vibrant retelling of the classic folktale about our eponymous trickster hero and combines the colour, humour and dynamic dance of Africa and the Caribbean with the 90s R&B stylings of Usher and Ne-Yo. Bristol Post
"Bristol's best play of the year *****" - Bristol Post