Opening on 2nd March at Phoenix Theatre is a bitter sweet comedy titled “My Wonderful Day”. The play is written by Allan Ayckbourn and directed by George Mungai. In the play, Winnie is nearly nine. Her mum, Laverne, is second- generation Afro – Caribbean and heavily pregnant but continues with her cleaning job since her husband left while she dreams of moving the family back to Martinique. Tuesdays are special: Laverne insists that Winnie speaks only French ( in preparations for Martinique) and today is Tuesday – not her usual day to clean at the north London house of Kevin Tate, an affluent, bad tempered, philandering, minor television personality. Not well enough to go to school, Winnie accompanies her mum and settles down to her homework; an essay entitled “MY WONDERFUL DAY “.
Throughout the course of the next two hours, the shy, astute and ever watchful Winnie will amass plenty of material for her essay as a variety of adults parade before her: Kevin’s baby-talking and patronizing mistress, his vengeful wife, and the hangover family friend who pours out his heart believing that Winnie does not speak English. But as events reach a frenzied climax, Winnie’s essay will speak volumes.
Dates: 2nd-17th March 2012. Thursdays are student nights; only students with valid identification will be considered. Tickets are Ksh. 650 for Adults, and Ksh.400 for Students.