The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
JMK award winner, Young Vic Theatre, 2016
Director: Roy Alexander Weise
Lighting: Lizzie Powell
Sound: George Dennis
Projection: Nina Dunn
Movement: Jenni Jackson
Photography: Rajha Shakiry and David Sandison
Cast: Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo.
“I am a man, I am just a man.”
April 3, 1968. Room 306, the Lorraine Motel, Memphis. The smell of cigarettes and coffee hangs thick in the air as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. winds down from a day of preaching and marching. The Mountaintop is a revival of an Olivier Award-winning play. A fictional account of King’s last night on earth, giving an intimate look at the great man’s quieter moments, his thoughts and his fears.
‘The Mountaintop takes a surprising spiritual turn towards its conclusion, when Rajha Shakiry’s sublimely humdrum hotel room set reveals the tricks up its sleeve, setting the stage for an immensely powerful finale… Rarely does theatre achieve such invigorating poignancy.‘
The Stage, Fergus Morgan, Oct 13, 2016
‘.. neatly demonstrated in the final stirring few minutes when Rajha Shakiry’s design comes into its own.‘
The Guardian, Lyn Gardner, Oct 17, 2016