It’s 1964. Alec Douglas-Home has just been deposed as prime minister by Harold Wilson and the country is inching reluctantly into the modern age. Yet we find ourselves among the last bastions of Old Britain, bad taste and cultural insensitivity: we’re backstage at the Victoria Palace, London, among the cast of The Black and White Minstrel Show.
Black Slap is essentially a workplace drama, examing the backstage lives of the minstrels as they black-up for show time. Written by Paul Haley—who performed over 2000 times as a minstrel—and featuring a seven-strong cast who hold up admirably, this is certainly an enjoyable and entertaining comedy – Ben Judge, Festmag