John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Grapes of Wrath comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse in May and the timing couldn’t be better with the world in turmoil.
This adaption by Frank Galati traces one family’s epic and traumatic journey across the American dust bowl at the height of the Great Depression as they make for California in search of a new life.
“The Grapes of Wrath is uncannily relevant to the world we find ourselves in today; increasing mechanisation, displacement of people, economic and environmental crisis,” says Director Abbey Wright.
“Across the world we have seen fear and hatred entering political discourse on immigration and identity. At the heart of The Grapes of Wrath is the need for community and love. Steinbeck invites us to ask ourselves 'Who is our family?', 'Who are our children?'".
The cast includes a 30-strong community company made of up local Leeds residents with music by Matt Regan.
Running in tandem with The Grapes of Wrath will be the Playhouse’s regular activity in support of refugees and asylum seekers. This includes Asmarina Voices, a weekly singing group which includes a crèche with creative activities for children, and the HEARTS youth group, a weekly group offering drama activities and supports members to develop skills in English.
There will be ticket offers so refugee and asylum seekers can attend performances at the Playhouse.
The Grapes of Wrath runs from 24th May – 10th June. To book ring 0113 2137700 or online www.wyp.org.uk
Photo: Marc Brenner