On Thursday 3rd March, LJMU English’s Bella Adams will be giving a pre-show talk on Lorraine Hansberry’s ground-breaking 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, which is on at the Liverpool Playhouse from 2nd-5th March. James Baldwin claimed of the play that, ‘Never before, in the entire history of theatre, has so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen on the stage’. Bella’s talk will explore the cultural and political context of the play, and you can get tickets to hear her speak here.
Bella said, ‘My talk will focus on Lorraine Hansberry’s varied political interests, the critical reception of the play, the Chicago Southside setting and housing segregation. This wasn’t a play I knew well before I heard it was coming to the Playhouse, and reading and researching it has been fascinating. In fact, I’m thinking of adding it to the reading list for my Race in America module next year.’
If you’re studying that module, or fancy seeing a fascinating comparison to the context of 1950s and 1960s Britain (covered on Literature in Context in first year), remember that LJMU students get discounted tickets for all Everyman Playhouse events.