Seize the Day is a smart and pacy political drama about Jeremy Charles, a man who could be London’s first black mayor.
He seems ideal: a well-spoken, good-looking Londoner who made his name on television, and made his way into the hearts of the public by slapping a knife-wielding teenager. He’s idealistic too, and determined to make a difference to the lives of underprivileged black children. Jeremy’s even invited the teenager, Lavelle, to his house, to mentor him as part of his probation. But he’s about to find out that the harsh realpolitik of the campaign and the complexities of real life mean it’s not quite so easy to distinguish wrong and right.
A plausible examination of the issues of race in politics, Kwei-Armah’s dynamic and pertinent plays was first performed as part of the ‘Not Black and White’ season at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2009.