Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow 2019-2020 Yomi Ṣode’s play and breathe… is a one man play that explores grief and investigates vulnerability, pride and culture. A live theatrical adaptation of poems from the third section of Yomi’s first poetry collection Manorism.
The play was “expertly directed” by Miranda Cromwell, said the Guardian’s review, which praised its “sensational stagecraft”. Its star, David Jonsson, performed an hour-long monologue on the themes of death, love and masculinity. Interacting with him on stage was Femi Temowo, composer and jazz guitarist, whose music “runs in tandem with Ṣode’s script, syncopating at times, bringing charm and comedy at others”, the review said.
The awards and breathe… received are: Best Director (Miranda Cromwell), Best Production (Almeida Theatre), Best Male Actor (David Jonsson) and Best Musical Director (Femi Temowo).
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