She is an excellent actor, so when I saw that she was coming back to Bath, of course I had to book a ticket!
She is appearing as Wiletta Mayer in a new production of Trouble in Mind, the 1955 play by Alice Childress.
Wiletta is an African-American actress, who has built a successful career in the theatre, catering to the preconceptions and prejudices of (white) directors and writers.
She is cast in a production of a "progressive" anti-lynching Broadway play, 'Chaos in Belleville', written by a white writer, directed by a white man who is proud of his progressive and egalitarian attitudes, but is far less open-minded than he likes to believe when Wiletta challenges his attitudes.
|Tanya Moodie as Wiletta Mayer|
The play deals with issues of racism (both direct, and subconscious) and is depressingly current, given that it is 60 years old, but there is also a lot of (often dark) comedy, and the pleasure which comes with watching excellent actors.
It's a very good production, and Tanya Moodie's singing voice is a gorgeous addition! I don't think I have heard her sing before!
The play is on until 17th December, and I cannot recommend too strongly that you see it, if you possibly can! Full booking details here, on the theatre's website.