Paulette Randall will direct the world premiere of Roy Williams’ Category B, the opening production in the Tricycle’s Not Black and White season. Running from 8 October until 19 December with press night on 12 October, Category B is designed by Rosa Maggiora, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Tom Lishman.
“No-one wants to go to a Cat B prison, no-one wants to come here, prisoners and screws alike.”
Saul runs a tip-top wing - the screws love him for it, especially Angela. Prisoners follow his rules, and its all gravy. But Saul's number two position is vacant, new inmates are flooding in, so everyone’s feeling the heat. Errol could fill the gap, but he’s up for parole in 6 weeks, and now new kid Rio’s rocking the boat. No-one wants to go to Cat B, but the world on the outside is a different story.
In 2008 Roy Williams' Days of Significance was presented as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company season at the Tricycle, where his plays Starstruck and The Gift both received their London premieres. His other writing includes Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads and Baby Girl, both for the National Theatre, and Lift Off, Clubland and Fallout which all premiered at the Royal Court, the latter of which was televised by Channel 4.
Paulette Randall was last at the Tricycle directing Radio Golf where she has previously directed August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running and King Hedley II. Her other directing credits include What’s In The cat for Contact Theatre, Manchester and the Royal Court Upstairs, Funny Black Women On The Edge and Shoot To Win for the Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Amen Corner for Bristol Old Vic. As a television producer her credits include the series Desmond’s for Channel 4 and The Crouches for BBC 1.
Category B is sponsored by The Kobler Trust.
Photo Credit: Alex Rumford
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