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Rachel De-Lahay

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2 Nov 2011 Modern Plays
-Do you think you re going to get married in a church or a temple? -I think you should get married on an elephant and wear a sari thing like that pussycat doll. The accusation of a Black teenager sparks disturbance on the South London streets. While tensions rise, a couple from very different backgrounds navigate the minefield between them and their families. Joint winner of the 2011 Alfred Fagon award (under its former title SW11), The Westbridge showcases an array of multiple voices with humour, style and a piercing edge. Presenting a microcosm of multicultural society, this depiction of modern day London's melting-pot spans ethnicities, religions, generations and outlooks. A very real, convincing drama of human individuals underpins this ambitious, far-reaching and relevant play. The Westbridge explores the intricacies of living side by side, and looks at racial and cultural distinctions with humour and bite.

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De-lahay has confronted a living issue... De-lahay captures excellently the confusion of cultural identity in the modern world. -- Michael Billington Guardian This thrilling debut play by Rachel De-lahay plugs straight into the jittery heart of multicultural London today ... De-lahay has an alert ear for comic dialogue and her portrait of mixed-race, upwardly mobile twentysomethings on the estate - one character works in PR, another is an aspiring model - crackles with wit as well as moments of deep emotion. The play raises the provocative question of whether it is possible to shrug off the fraught issue of racial identity ... It's a play that combines sharp one-liners with a savvy sense of the way we live now ... One leaves the theatre impatient to discover what Rachel De-lahay will come up with next. -- Charles Spencer Telegraph Rachel De-lahay's punchy, agile drama ... her dialogue has drive and humour. -- Paul Taylor Independent In her first play, De-lahay shows an impressively complex vision -- Ian Shuttleworth Financial Times

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Rachel De-lahay has recently participated in the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme and has just been selected as one of the BBC Writersroom 10, with the Bush as her partner theatre. She is currently on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre.The Westbridge is Rachel's first full-length play.

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