On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday,Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.
Revealing what really happened during Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days and celebrating his extraordinary life,Soul is a parable about an American family prepared to do anything to promote and protect their children. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom – a searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream.
Written by BAFTA and Evening Standard Award-winning Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Days Of Significance) in close collaboration with members of the family of Marvin Gaye, Soul is a dramatic thriller about one of the most influential musicians of our time.The Play is Directed by James Dacre and features the Hackney Empire Community Choir.
Thu 16 Jun – Roy Williams discusses why this was such an important play for him to write, his inspirations, his research and how the show came together.
Wed 22 Jun – join Roy Williams and other speakers as they talk about the importance of diversity in the arts.
Both talks are FREE to tickets holders of that evening’s performance.
BSL Performance: Sat 25 Jun at 5pm, provided by Jacqui Beckford.
A Hackney Empire and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production.
Age recommendation: 14+ years