the story of apartheid South Africa, Master Harold and the Boys transports
you back to 1950 and to a deserted tearoom on a rainy afternoon.
Black servants Sam (Louis Emerick) and Willy (Trevor Laird) work for
the white owners, cleaning tables whilst practising the Quick Step
for a Ballroom Dancing Competition.
the rainy afternoon, as Hally trys to do his homework, a composition
about a Significant Cultural Event, he decides to write about Sam
and Willie's dance contest.
the story unfolds it becomes clear that Hally has grown up with
two role models, his drunken father, and Sam, the black servant
who has been his lifelong friend. But as and as they begin to compare
life to dancing, the racial tension begins to stir.
I thought I would never see Louis Emerick as anything but Mick from
Brookside, but I was truly blown away by his performance as the
Newcomer Eddie Redmayne, who graduated only this year, is excellent
as anxious school-boy Hally, and Trevor Laird brings a touch of
humour through the portrayal of Willy.
play runs for just under two hours with no interval, but at no point
could you interrupt this powerful production, which received a standing
ovation from the Liverpool audience.
An excellent production of the moving story of a young man coming
show runs until Saturday 11th October.
Reviewed by Jenny Coslett