Al-Houssen, 16

The Convert consisted of so many topics and ideas, making it very enjoyable to watch. The play made me think about many different themes as well as being entertained at the same time. One theme that stood out to me was conflict of identity. This occurred in the play where Jekesai was given an English name, Esther, and forced to abandon her identity to become a holy Christian. This really stood out to me because it was very relatable. At times, you feel left out and do things to feel accepted into a group, but the problem is that you are unable to be yourself, which results in you sacrificing very important things just because you want to fit in. This was the same for the main character, now named Esther, who had sacrificed going to the anniversary of her father’s death, which was a ritual and tradition of her ethnic group. The fact that she was able to sacrifice something so important to her just to please her new master shows the impact of wanting or being forced to fit in to someone else’s choices. Conflict of identity was shown by the costume worn by the actors. Jekesai was first wearing traditional clothing and then, as Esther, began to wear white middle-class apparel which also enforced the idea of conflict of identity, as she never felt herself when wearing different clothes to which she had previously worn.

“ This showed that no matter how much you try to change your identity, you will always be you and this really resonated with me.”

The difference in language between the characters also stood out to me. As Mai Tamba, the maid and Esther’s aunt, was not very fluent in English and struggled to pronounce many words, which reminded me of my own mum. Her character contrasted with Master Chilford who had what it at first seemed to be the best vocabulary however, at certain parts of the play he would phrase some sentences wrong, for example saying, “are you understanding me?” This showed that no matter how much you try to change your identity, you will always be you and this really resonated with me. The best part of tthe play was amazing to watch and was a show that related to all the audience in many different ways. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a wonderful experience at the Young Vic.