Interview with Excalibah
in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
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This chapter presents the interview between the author and the DJ, musician and writer Excalibah. Excalibah co-directed The Blacks Remixed and played the role of Archibald, the MC. This interview is a companion piece to author's conversation with Ultz. Ultz wanted to do a modernised version of The Blacks in a contemporary urban setting. The Blacks Remixed is not a play about Africa; it's a play about black people in white cities. Jean Genet is a white playwright writing for Blacks. The Theatre Royal Stratford East is known for promoting black and Asian work. At the Theatre Royal, black people knew what they were seeing right away. They were aware of the reality behind the clichés, the fact that black men, in a white world, play at being hard and unemotional.


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