Original article here. In the superstitious world of the American deep south, there have long been stories about an association between exceptional talent and possession by other-worldly powers. Robert Johnson, the now legendary King of the Delta Blues, died very young, apparently poisoned by a jealous woman, but then and now there remain rumours about his deal with the devil. This brilliant and stylish two-hander, written and directed by David Hall, depicts Johnson, played by Kwesi Asiedu-Mensah, waiting at a cross-roads at midnight. From the shadows a white man, Adam Bisno, appears, offers him a cigarette and tells him a story. He does not give his name, but he is happy to talk, and Johnson in time overcomes his natural […]

Edinburgh Guide

Feeling th’ ol’ blues A cold starry night in the Deep South; a black blues player huddled by the side of the road is approached by a well-spoken white man with an unusual proposition. Cross Road Blues is a gripping and disturbing play written and directed by David Hall. The acting is top class. Robert Johnson (Daley Pritchard) is portrayed with real empathy: a man, like all men, who understands the Blues. James Purdon is chilling as the mysterious stranger, mercilessly teasing out Johnson’s pain and gaining his trust. Accents can easily break a play. Less often, but certainly in this case, they make it. The set is minimal; the action infrequent: the story is told by the characters. The […]

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