Cynthia Erivo describes Dessa Rose in 45 seconds

We met with the West End star to find out about her new show.

Cynthia Erivo plays the title role in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's 2005 musical Dessa Rose, at the Trafalgar Studios.

The show, directed by Andrew Keates, is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams, set in 1846 and follows two young women - one white, one black - on their journey to acceptance in racially divided southern America.