Mustapha Matura

Plays by Mustapha Matura

Play Mas

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

1950s Port of Spain. Samuel, a young tailor’s assistant, dreams of Trinidad’s independence.

On the eve of carnival everyone fills the streets, dressed up to play mas. This annual celebration turns to tragedy and spurs Samuel on to make a decision that will change the political landscape of the future of this vibrant, volatile island.

A wickedly funny, exuberant and poignant play from Mustapha Matura. Born in Trinidad, Mustapha Matura is the multi-award-winning writer of numerous plays including Rum an’ Coca-Cola, Playboy of the West Indies and The Coup. Play Mas premiered at the Royal Court in 1974, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, and transferred to the West End. Play Mas received its first major revival at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, opening on 11 March 2015.

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Mustapha Matura was born in Trinidad and came to England in 1961. He won the George Devine and John Whiting awards in 1971 for his first full-length stage play, As Time Goes By, which was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at the Royal Court, London. He won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award in 1974 for Play Mas which opened at the Royal Court and subsequently transferred to the West End.

Mustapha co-founded the Black Theatre Co-operative with the director Charlie Hanson in 1978 under which he wrote the highly successful No Problem! His plays include: Black Pieces (ICA, 1970); Bakerloo Line (Almost Free, 1972); Nice (Almost Free, 1973); Black Slaves – White Chains (Royal Court Lunchtime, 1975); Rum an' Coca Cola (Royal Court Theatre and off-Broadway, 1976); Another Tuesday and More, More (the Factory, London, 1978); Independence (Foco Novo at the Bush, 1979); Welcome Home Jacko (Riverside, 1979); A Dying Business (Riverside Studios, 1980); One Rule (Riverside Studios, 1981); Meetings (Hampstead Theatre, 1982); The Playboy of the West Indies (Oxford Playhouse, 1984, and produced for BBC television, 1985); Trinidad Sisters (Tricycle Theatre, 1988); The Coup (Royal National Theatre, 1991) and Small World (Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1994).

In 1991, Mustapha received the Trinidad and Tobago Government Scarlet Ibis Award for achievement.