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Nancy Medina directs Zodwa Nyoni’s gripping and heartfelt drama

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11 July 2022  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Directed by Nancy Medina, the Brooklyn-born director who has recently been appointed to succeed Tom Morris as artistic director at Bristol Old Vic, this family drama tells of Shirley and Dwight who have come together to bury their mother. But their past looms over them, particularly a childhood spent in Chapeltown in Leeds in the 1980s where both racism and poverty impacted the family. It’s written by poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni best known for Boi Boi is Dead at West Yorkshire Playhouse, a play that also takes place in the wake of a death and funeral.”
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Overview

As Shirley and Dwight bury their mother, they remember their upbringing in 1980s Chapeltown, Leeds differently. In the height of racial discrimination, police brutality and poverty, the struggle for survival ripped through their family.

Dwight was discovering what it meant to be a young black boy with autism in a world determined never to understand him. Shirley was desperately trying to forge her own independence away from unfair expectations at school and home.

Now as adults, they need to bring together the fractured pieces of their past to move forward together.

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

A deeply moving, riveting play that boldly addresses the complexities of care

· Everything Theatre

Exciting

· The Stage

Nyoni is a writer who combines a forensic eye for detail with a sharp ear for humour

· WhatsOnStage

Exceptional performances and a writer’s personal touch

· The Times

The heartfelt vies with the spelled out in Zodwa Nyoni’s new work

· The Observer

New drama about a family under pressure

· The Telegraph

Issues-led drama has its heart in the right place

· The Arts Desk

Powerful portrayal of autism and prejudice

· The Guardian

Beautifully executed

· Evening Standard

An extraordinary performance from Lee Phillips

· Time Out

Central to the piece is a winning performance from Lee Phillips as Dwight

· Theatre Weekly

The tone is incoherent and sometimes uncomfortable

· Broadway World
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Date & time

Until 13 Aug
Thu 14 Jul - 13 Aug 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Captioned: 1 Aug, 7.30pm
Audio Described: 4 Aug, 7.30pm
Relaxed: 6 Aug, 2.30pm

Venue

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