ARTSBEAT COMEDY DRAMA: “We have a place in society – and I don’t just mean black society”. The only black-led company to present an annual mid-scale tour to regional theatres, Dawn Walton’s Eclipse Theatre Company stages Don Evan’s 1970s Philadelphia comedy, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, at Derby Theatre from February 20 until 23.
In 1970s Philadelphia, the Harrisons are the most respectable middle-class black family in the suburbs. However, the arrival of their young niece and her radical ideas from the rural South turns their polite, Christian life on its head.
The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are.
Presented as a live television recording of the period, equipped with canned applause, recording gear, and a great soundtrack, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show frames itself as as a sitcom in recognition of the play’s contemporary influences.
Jocelyn Jee Esien stars in One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show and is the first and only Black woman who has had her own TV comedy show in the UK.
She is best known for her BBC2 sketch show Little Miss Jocelyn and BBC3’s hidden camera show Three Non Blondes. Jocelyn has recently starred in three series of BBC Radio 4 comedy Beauty of Britain, and recently made her Royal Court debut in Belong by Bola Agbaje (2012).
“Jocelyn Jee Esien delivers a comic tour de force” Daily Telegraph
“Ramps up the feel-good factor and has the audience splitting their sides” The Stage
Tickets: £10 – £22, concessions £10 – £20. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 59 39 39 or visit http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is also part of the theatre’s Season Ticket deal.