A stunning new show featuring the JA Reggae Band playing music of the people, music for the people, but most of all a music of hope.

Tour dates for 2020

Sat 18 Apr: LEEDS PLAYHOUSE

Thu 23 Apr: BRIERLEY CIVIC HALL, DUDLEY

Tue 5 May: BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY

Fri 29 May: CAST, DONCASTER

Sat 6 June: BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION

Fri 12 June: LYRIC THEATRE, CARMARTHEN

Wed 17 June WYVERN THEATRE, SWINDON

Fri 17 July: NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Sat 25 July: MILTON KEYNES INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Fri & Sat 4 & 5 Sept: QUAYS, THE LOWRY, MANCHESTER

Sat 3rd Oct DERBY THEATRE

Friday 9th Oct WINDING WHEEL, CHESTERFIELD

Thu 15 Oct DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER

Sat 17 Oct ASHCROFT THEATRE, FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON

Thu 29 Oct NUFFIELD CITY, SOUTHAMPTON (TBC)

Sat 31 Oct ROYAL THEATRE, NORTHAMPTON

More to follow – watch this space…

The Windrush

RUSH follows the exciting development and influence of Reggae music and how it took the world by storm. Join us as we tell the extraordinary story of hopeful migrants, seeking a better life in the Motherland, as they board the SS Empire Windrush and set sail from the port of Kingston, Jamaica – bringing their music with them.

The Windrush

RUSH follows the exciting development and influence of Reggae music and how it took the world by storm. Join us as we tell the extraordinary story of hopeful migrants, seeking a better life in the Motherland, as they board the SS Empire Windrush and set sail from the port of Kingston, Jamaica – bringing their music with them.

With a good dose of nostalgia and all the fun of a party, there is limbo and laughter along with slamming sounds.

The show tells a thrilling tale of a music which came to define the soundtrack for generations.

What people have to say….

“This is a fantastic show, informative, hugely entertaining & the music – WOW!!! …….. the two vocalists were outstanding & gave me chills with their amazing voices & the narrator was superb taking us through the history of the Windrush Generation & the superb music they brought with them.

‘An amazing show which will move you and uplift you in equal measure and have you dancing in the aisles.’

The aim behind this new show is to introduce and educate a wide range of audiences to the positive impact immigration can have on a wider culture and how diverse cultures can be integrated in a way that enriches both. This project looks at the impact of the influx of Jamaican immigrants in the late forties into the fifties.

The show’s story starts as we board the SS Empire Windrush to set sail from the port of Kingston, Jamaica on 27th May 1948 bound for Tilbury Docks, London, England. The ship is full of hopeful migrants seeking a better life in London, where the streets are said to be paved with gold. Once in London, we consider the historic factors which were to influence and change Reggae music and see how political and socio-economic developments in Jamaica, London and then the USA allowed the music to evolve and become what it is today.

Owen Miller, the Director of Rush Theatre Company, has over 36 years’ experience working in the arts and entertainment sector. He developed the concept, the script and has driven forward this project over the last three years.

The performers include the JA Reggae Band consisting of ten musicians all of whom have a musical pedigree that includes playing alongside such giants as Edwin Star, Jimmy Cliff, Aswad, Steel Pulse and Pato Banton, UB40 and The Jacksons.

The JA Reggae Band is a key element of the show and provides the quality of music needed to respect the authentic sound of Reggae.