Roots

by Arnold Wesker

Tue 6 - Sat 10 December 2016

September 1958. Beatie Bryant, returns from London, like a breath of fresh air, to the rural Norfolk community of her birth. Beatie means to marry her socialist boyfriend Ronnie, desperately hoping that the family "don't show me up when he's here". Besides presents and a gramophone, she brings with her a wealth of new ideas on politics, music and art, to enlighten her family. Ideas of a bolder, freer world,  which include  love in the afternoon, but  which promise to clash with their unreflective way of life.

Wesker's play is full of compassion, humour and sharply-observed humanity, woven with highly rhythmic  language. Beatie’s exuberance, bursts of vitality and passionate attempts to provoke reactions from her family, contrast strongly  with their apathy and complacency.

A true classic, Roots is a touching  portrait of a young woman struggling to find her voice.

This play has stood the test of time and remains relevant in contemporary Britain where social division would appear to have increased rather than diminished.

"Roots, a beautiful rich piece, that has a strong claim to being Wesker's greatest dramatic achievement", Daily Telegraph