Dessa Rose

Musicals

West End

Trafalgar Studios

Until Sat Aug 30

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    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • © Scott Rylander

    'Dessa Rose'

  • 'Dessa Rose'

© Scott Rylander

'Dessa Rose'

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Amber M

Last night was opening preview of Dessa Rose at Trafalgar Studios, the cast includes John Addison, Edward Baruwa, Sharon Benson, Alexander Evans, Cameron Leigh, Fela Lufadeju, Gabriel Mokake, Abiona Omonua and Jon Robyns, without forgetting Cynthia Erivo as Dessa Rose and Cassidy Janson a white girl who is left by her husband trying to fulfil herself and follow her heart, Ruth. The night was an emotional roller coaster facing the struggles of slavery and freedom. Erivo's portrayal of Dessa Rose was intriguingly brilliant and her rendition of 'Twelve Children' touched my heart and nearly brought me too tears. Edward Baruwa playing Nathan also a black escapee slave erupted the second act with laughter filling the theatre, the strength of his voice blew me away and created a hopefulness for the second act on the road to freedom and change. Andrew Keates direction made the show come together to tell the ongoing story of Ruth's and Dessa's route to friendship, when the bows began the audience were on their feet with appreciation to the onstage musician and musical director Dean Austin and what was remarkably an amazing production of Dessa Rose and a definite must see for theatre goers everywhere.

-Louise May