and breathe…

and breathe…

This deeply personal and poetic play tackles the unspoken, between what we leave unsaid to protect each other and how we internalise the world.

Overview

“I was a bunch of O’s as if I was giving birth to this grief”

Though we sense the moods of those closest to us in breaths, are we really listening?

We think we are, and later we realise that we never heard a thing.

Centring on the loss of a beloved matriarch, and breathe... explores family relationships, bonding and culture. This deeply personal and poetic play tackles the unspoken, between what we leave unsaid to protect each other and how we internalise the world.

Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British writer, performer, and facilitator. He is a recipient of the Jerwood Compton Poetry fellowship 2019 and was recently shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021. He has read his work internationally at various festivals and performed his debut solo show (COAT) to sold-out audiences. His debut poetry collection, Manorism will be published in spring 2022 by Penguin Press.

This World Premiere production will be performed by actor David Jonsson (BBC2’s Industry) who was due to star in “Daddy” A Melodrama at the Almeida last year, and is directed by the Olivier Award-winning director Miranda Cromwell (Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman). Featuring music composed and performed live by Femi Temowo.

Critic reviews

Sad, funny and deeply moving

Everything Theatre

A sensitive exploration of grief at the loss

WhatsOnStage

It’s a striking work

The Upcoming

A searing portrait of a young rogue meeting reality

The Telegraph

Elegant and restrained production gives shape to Yomi Sode’s resonantly compassionate poetry

The Stage

A virtuoso performance from David Jonsson

Evening Standard

A tantalising night of staged poetry

The Times

David Jonsson stars in this gorgeously-realised stage version of Yomi Ṣode's poems about Black male grief

Time Out

Powerful tale of family grief is poetry in motion

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 16 Jun - Sat 10 Jul, 3.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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