Play of the Week: Feast, Young Vic, London SE1

 

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The Independent Culture

Director Rufus Norris and his team's exhilarating show sees five playwrights from as many countries tell the story of the diaspora of the Yoruba people through a miraculous melding of music, sinuous dance and ravishingly fluid video projections.

The canny structure and the versatile verve of the cast help bind the ingredients into a singular vision of creative persistence and resilient adaptation to change. It begins in Nigeria, 1713, when the journey to a feast of three sisters, part-human, part-"orisha" (Yoruban deity), is interrupted by Atlantic slave traders.

After the trio resurface in the subsequent centuries, the piece climaxes in a flurry of feasts, with a wonderful twist.

(020 7922 2922; youngvic.org) to 23 Feb

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