Within moments of sitting down we spot the infamous 'Manuel from Barcelona', frantically bobbing around, snatching glasses from people's hands and prodding people from their relaxed chairs.
An Octoroon is a production of contrasts. Bright white stage and pitch-dark blackouts. Raucous comedy and stark reality. Black face and white face. Loud rap music and uncomfortable silence. The rights afforded to characters of white skin, and the treatment of all others.
This performance is entertaining and delightful from the first instance of walking through the door, long before the music starts. From the food and rendezvous setting to the music and melodrama Orpheus is far from a tragic evening.