'I am the slave ship. Wrecked. Empty. I am a shark, livid with the desire for blood. I am the sea, boiling with fury.'
Amid the gloom of Victorian England, Thomas, a black sailor prepares to take one last voyage, while an ageing Turner seeks artistic inspiration in a half-remembered story.
In 21st Century London, an actress finds herself handcuffed by history – two centuries after abolitionists won her ancestors their freedom.
Winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award, Winsome Pinnock’s astonishing new play retells British history through the prism of the slave trade. Fusing fact with fiction, past with present, the powerfully personal with the fiercely political, this epic production asks who owns our past - and who has the right to tell its stories?
Age Guidance 14+
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VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 13 March - Saturday 4 April 2020
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm. View all times & dates
RUNNING TIME: Approx 2 hours and 45 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes
AGE GUIDANCE: 14+
PRODUCTION INFO: This production contains potentially upsetting themes around slavery, physical violence, sexual violence, colonialism and racial prejudice. It contains strong language and may contain loud music and theatrical haze.
TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £19. Half Price Previews: Friday 13 March, Saturday 14 March, Monday 16 March (all 7.30pm) View all ticket prices
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WRITER Winsome Pinnock
DIRECTOR Miranda Cromwell
DESIGNER Laura Hopkins
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jessica Hung Han Yun
SOUND DESIGNER Elena Peña
COMPOSER / MUSICAL DIRECTOR Femi Temowo
ASSOCIATE MUSICAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Westcott
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Mumba Dodwell
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Chantelle Walker
VOICE/ DIALECT COACH Joel Trill
REHEARSAL CONSULTANT HISTORIAN Dr Gemma Romain
REHEARSAL CONSULTANT HISTORIAN Dr Kristy Warren
CASTING DIRECTOR Vicky Richardson CDG
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Thursday 26 March, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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