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Marvin Gaye Play Set To Open in Northampton May 2016

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Reported that 'Soul' a new play all about Marvin Gaye's life and death will be having its world premiere in Northampton during May 2016.

The press night is scheduled for May 24 and the play running from May 20 to June 11,

James Dacre, the Royal & Derngate theatre's artistic director said to the BBC

"It's a dramatic thriller, not a musical," and "It will have the spirit and energy of Motown and will include music from the time."

Williams' play will be set within the confines of the Los Angeles home that Gaye bought for his extended family.

"Whilst the piece looks at three generations of a post-war African American family, everything roots back to the home and what happened in the course of 18 days underneath that roof," Dacre told the BBC.


More info can be read via the BBC and Guardian articles via the links  below, with the Guardian being the more lengthy

...Williams says: “I wanted to avoid doing a standard biopic and play about with form a little – push myself as a writer and push the play. The play begins with his death and it works backwards, and it’s his two sisters and the ghost of his mother telling the story. It’s really about how they all dealt with having such an icon in their lives, and them trying to find their own identities and their own selves within the world of Marvin...”




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If indeed "All about his Life and Death" should be a harrowing experience, sadly Marvins life was a cornucopia of ;drugs, sex,sado masochism , mental illness, depression,patricide,religous  etremism, transexualism,homophobia and sadness.As a taster try some excellent reads ;David Ritz= "Divided Soul", Jan gaye ="After The dance", Frankie gaye "= "My Brother".On A lighter note checkout Soul Source ;" Soul Media .page; "Aint No Mountain high Enough" a video posted by the excellent Sunnysoul ,Performed by Dusty Springfield and ,wait for it Engleburt Humperdink, Dont laugh it aint that bad .LOL johnny Hart.

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yes , not the way I want to remember Marvin.  we all know about his strange childhood . will remember him through his music. simply the greatest soul singer that ever lived. [just my opinion of course .]


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