REVIEW: GI Joe in Dorset - State of Play, Priest’s House Museum
THE little known history of African American GIs in Dorset is brought home in this thought provoking production which will be visiting a number of venues in Dorset over the coming month.
Based on research by Dorchester-based writer Louisa Adjoa Parker it tells the story of Joe who in 1944 finds himself billeted with his regiment in Leigh Road, Wimborne.
Mention is also made of the army hospital at Kingston Lacy and so the audience becomes aware of the re-enactment of history on their doorstep.
Anyebe Anteyi’s portrayal of GI Joe is emotional and convincing as is that of Moses Hardwick as both the sergeant and Peter, the garage mechanic.
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Jasmine Atkins-Smart certainly gets under the ‘so white’ skin of Joe’s girlfriend Lily and David Doust clearly enjoys playing her 14 year old brother.
Script and artistic direction is by Tony Horitz - as the Minister and father - who never fails to impress, and Sharon Muiruri who embraces with enthusiasm the parts of the history researcher and Lily’s mother.
Caine Stanton had two very different roles. He is the mild mannered garage assistant and the very un-loveable and arrogant white American GI.
State of Play always offer something different, and this is both entertaining and informative, evoking multiple emotions.
At the end of the production the audience get the chance to put their questions to the characters.
Try to catch GI Joe at Melbury Osmond Village Hall on Friday 11th October, Broadmayne Village Hall on 12th, Durweston Village Hall on 13, Arts University Bournemouth on 16th, Dorchester Arts Centre on 18th and the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe on 19th October.
Contact 01202 882740 for more details.