White Teeth (PLAY) | Review

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Being an avid theatre goer, there is always that element of doubt when you go to watch play which is based on a book. You can’t help but wonder, what if it’s not as good? Having watched plays such as The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and The Fishermen, which were so beautifully done, I questioned whether White Teeth would be able to compare.  

Through original songs and dance, the cast brought Zadie Smith’s tale of two families based in North West London to life. You are introduced to “Mad Mary” who, although she is not a character in the book, she adds a large amount of humour and entertainment that you wouldn’t be able to picture what the play would be like without her in it.

After a dentist visit, Mad Mary takes Rosie Jones back in time so that Rosie can embark on the journey to find out who her father is. Over two and a half hours, you are introduced to the family members and you get watch their stories unfold. Although they are very individual, you see how much their lives intertwine and the impact that this has on them.

White teeth explores topics such as culture, religion and beauty standards. At times these topics may get lost in everything else that is going on. But on reflection you notice how key they were to the production.

White teeth was vibrant, creative and familiar, especially for those from Kilburn. The cast and the musicians executed their roles with passion and energy and will have you laughing out loud. The only complaint would be the Jamaican accent by one of the characters, which fortunately you don’t have to hear too often.

- Chinnelle

White Teeth will be running at the Kiln Theatre until 22nd December 2018.