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Review: Pure Gold 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2007.

 

By Belinda Otas

 

* * *

(3 Stars) 
 

The blue London skyline serves as the scenic backdrop for Simon’s desire to provide for his family. Written by Michael Bhim and directed by Indhu Rubasingham and the return of Talawa Theatre Company to the stage after two years; Pure Gold is a transparent depiction of the realities of the everyday London life of a man and his struggles to provide for his family. 

 

Simon is doing the best his best to ensure the financial well-being of his family, re-gain the respect of his wife and the approval of his son. However, he also feels cheated by the harsh realities of life that surrounds him, especially the lack of job opportunities.

 

Faced with limited choices, Simon’s decisions are that of a man who will do whatever it takes to be counted as a man in the eyes of those he loves but will his decisions also cost him the respect he is fighting so hard to gain?

 

A gritty examination of the daily frustrations of life, which culminates in the domestic violence and abuse hailed at Marsha (Golda Rosheuvel) from Simon (Clarence Smith) with their son, Anthony (Louis Ekoku) caught in the middle.  
 

This bold take on one man's struggles with poverty through the eyes of the up-and-coming playwright, Michael Bhim, is compelling and powerful. His ability to take a subject matter that permeates throughout society as it deals with the everyday life and situation of a family shows great promise for this young writer with his first full length play.

 

The play brings to the surface questions such as, does money really make you important and is life about the choices we make as it reverts back to the old notion of what makes a man. 
 

Pure Gold is an intense and delightful production for anyone who can understand the challenges and set backs of getting by in today’s fast pace world and reiterates that gold comes at a price.

 

Although the character of Simon could have done with more depth as a man who goes from one extreme of sanity to another in his struggles to be recognised in his own home; Pure Gold succeeds with this snapshot attempt at life’s daily grind. 

Main Picture: Courtesy of Soho Theatre.

Pure Gold is now showing at the Soho Theatre, London, until October 20, 2007. 

 

For more information, visit: www.sohotheatre.com 

Tel: 0870 429 6883 

Written by: Michael Bhim

Directed by: Indhu Rubasingham 

Cast: Clarence Smith, Golda Rosheuvel, Louis Ekoku, Leonard Fenton, Dermot Kerrigan and Mark Monero.

 

Belinda Otas is a London-based freelance journalist and The New Black Magazine's theatre editor. She can be reached at belindaotas@thenewblackmagazine.com

 

Please e-mail comments to comments@thenewblackmagazine.com

 

 

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