Leave Taking

Leave Taking

Bush Theatre · 24 MAY - 30 JUN

“That girl heading for big trouble. I try to warn her but she won’t take telling. She think she know everything. Think she a woman.”

Overview

A single mother travelled to England determined to make a good life for her family. Now Enid and her two daughters search for a way to feel rooted in a land where they’re invisible.

With one daughter prepping for university happy to lead “a quiet life” and the other doing anything but, what’s a mother to do except call upon the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing. Family secrets are soon revealed and tragedy rekindles Enid’s longing for home.

Leave Taking is a beautifully observed, moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures. The play was first produced at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1987. Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of this classic, award-winning play.

Critic reviews

Winsome Pinnock’s first full-length play is still searingly relevant after 30 years

The Stage

Three decades since its debut Winsome Pinnock’s pioneering portrayal of the lives of black Britons feels shockingly contemporary

The Guardian

This 1987 play looks at the gap between first and second generation immigrants, and is served by breathtaking performances

The Independent

A devastatingly powerful story of a British-Caribbean family

Time Out

This is a play not performed enough; a symphony of a cracked, struggling family in a world that offers little. But there's joy and love here too and it speaks to all

WhatsOnStage

Winsome Pinnock’s 1980s play about immigration and Englishness continues to resonate

Financial Times

Winsome Pinnock’s 1987 play Leave Taking is a work that will never cease to matter, not only due to its content, but because of Pinnock’s grasp of playcraft, too

Exeunt

This play was a trailblazer in black British drama — it is theatre from the gut, as urgent and necessary as ever

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 24 May - Sat 30 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road London W12 8LJ London, UK · Get Directions
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