Marching for Necie

We open with a group of young Southern belles, beautifully attired in vintage-style dresses, learning how to apply make-up to please their husbands, so setting up the conservative attitudes of the 1960s’ American south where this play takes place. One of these young women, Annie-Mae, ultimately rebels against her expected place in society by joining a Martin Luther King march in support of young black servant Necie, whose injured leg prevents her from marching herself.

Whilst the piece needs further development, it’s impressive what these A-level students have managed to create

As a student production, there are actors of differing strengths. In particular though, Lulu Ogununga is excellent in her role as Necie. Whilst the piece needs further development, it’s impressive what these A-level students have managed to create in a reasonably short period of time. The portrayals of the women, particularly their “oh-so-polite” dialect, was enjoyable and there are interesting ideas being explored in this work, which uses past events to provide commentary on the issues of racism and equality today.

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The Blurb

In Washington DC, just before noon on Aug 28, 1963, a quarter of a million people marched with Martin Luther King Jr, for jobs and freedom. Back in Jackson, Mississippi, a young maid, Necie, watches in silence as her friend marches in her place. Join 8pB Theatre in this extraordinary piece of new writing about courage, freedom and friendship. 'What will you stand for? I have no voice in this world, just prayers for it's people.' A beautiful piece of theatre! You won't leave without asking yourself: What will it take to make me act?