Interview with Ultz
in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
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This chapter presents the interview between the author and the director Ultz. In this interview, the author talks to the director Ultz about the production, before going on to reflect, more generally, on his experiences of staging Jean Genet. In October and November 2007, a hip-hop version of The Blacks was performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in East London. The play was commercially and critically acclaimed and was one of the most exciting productions of Genet's work to have taken place in recent years. For all the difficult emotions felt by the actors in The Blacks Remixed, there was a real sense of solidarity and affection in the Theatre Royal during the run. There is a cathartic process at work in Genet. Despite all the anger and aggression, the play takes you somewhere else, somewhere more positive.

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