Princess & the Hustler

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An Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre co-production

“My name is Phyllis Princess James. I will wear this crown every day. I will never take it off even when I am asleep.”

Meet Princess. A cheeky 10-year-old, with a plan to win the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Trouble is, her mum is busy working several jobs, her brother, a budding photographer, won’t even take her picture and then – The Hustler returns.

In 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, Princess finds out what it really means to be black and beautiful.

Princess & The Hustler is the second national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of New Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was last year’s sell-out production of Black Men Walking.

By Chinonyerem Odimba. Directed by Dawn Walton.

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“A beautifully crafted play about a family threatened by racial tensions during the 1960s."

The Observer on Princess & the Hustler

“Captivating, powerful, shocking at times and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Bristol24/7 on Princess & The Hustler

“The show tells an important story and does it justice.”

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