Tristan Bates Theatre

The Next Jessye Norman


by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown 

13th & 14th December 




Part of the John Thaw Initiative 

Curates by Blacktress UK 



“I was thinking about what happened. And how I thought we should have said something to that guy. But we shouldn’t have said something, we should have done something.”

Twenty-three years after being likened to a toddler-sized Muhammad Ali, six-foot vegan Simone has left Norfolk and is in the big smoke training to be an opera singer. Meanwhile Londoner chronic introvert Cassiopeia is suddenly labelled sassy and fabulous as casting directors ask to hear the same Motown song at every audition.

The Next Jessye Norman melds speech and song in a tale of two young women forging careers in an industry where the gatekeepers view race as fundamental to the value of a performer.



Simone TBC

Cassi TBC

Benny TBC



Director Simone Ibbett-Brown

Original Music Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong & Simone Ibbett-Brown


Blacktress season photoshoot by Gabriel Mokake Photography 

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Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee entry to the performance once it has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry.


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