Pass Over

Pass Over

Kiln Theatre · 13 FEB - 21 MAR

A lamppost. Night. Two friends are passing time. Stuck. Waiting for change.

“This new play from Antoinette Nwandu “manages to be existential, emotional, politically urgent and often deeply comic” (Evening Standard). It has received mostly four and five star reviews from the critics with a few exceptions - which is usually a sign of material that’s genuinely provocative.”
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13 February 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Underneath a lamp-post, two friends are passing time together. They long for change but they are stuck. Paapa Essiedu, who was so brilliant in both The Convert at the Young Vic and in Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter season, is joined by Alexander Eliot for this play by New York playwright Antoinette Nwandu. It’s about young men with few options in a world that refuses to see them and all their potential. The Kiln’s artistic director Indhu Rubasingham directs a show that was inspired both by the Exodus and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.”


Inspired by Waiting for Godot and the Exodus, Antoinette Nwandu fuses poetry, humour and humanity in a rare and politically charged new play which exposes the experiences of young men in a world that refuses to see them.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

‘Waiting for Godot’ is updated for the Black Lives Matter era in this excellent play from Antoinette Nwandu

Time Out

Nwandu's writing deftly juggles the three symbolic time zones and her text sings with an evident joy in language

The Arts Desk

In its portrayal of a bleak and unforgiving society in which ‘trust no one’ appears to be the best maxim to live by, this electrifying, energetic and hard-hitting production is worth seeing

London Theatre 1

The fundamental courage of Nwandu’s work is to refuse a comfortable conclusion – the world doesn’t. Instead she brings a humanity that racism can’t look away from

Evening Standard

Theatre for the heart and head, reinventing and complicating old stories to make them newly and fiercely relevant. If, in these times, we are ever more in need of powerful and provocative political theatre, here it is

The Guardian

Frustratingly under-interrogated production of Antoinette Nwandu’s play about state-sanctioned murder in the US

The Stage

A well-acted but unsubtle study of brutal racism

The Telegraph

A searing fusion of politics and poetry: playful, unsettling, blazingly angry and desperately sad

Financial Times

Nwandu’s writing is beautiful


This searing play demands to be seen and astounds in its simplicity and humour

Broadway World

Pass Over is not to be passed up


The play feels at home in Kilburn, balancing its heavy use of Americanisms with a universal portrayal of masculine vulnerability

Theatre Weekly

A witty, humorous gem of theatre, exploring issues of race in a refreshingly satirical way


Date & time

Until 21 Mar
Thu 13 Feb - Sat 21 Mar, 2.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


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269 Kilburn High Road NW6 7JR London, UK · Get Directions
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