Fresh from directing a ground-breaking Romeo and Juliet at the Globe director Ola Ince now tackles Aleshea Harris’ award-winning off-Broadway hit which the author has described as being a play in which the spaghetti Western meets Afro-punk. At the play’s heart are twin sisters who were scarred by the fire they believe killed their mother 18 years before. But when they discover the truth, they set out across America, heading West in search of revenge. Imagine a Greek tragedy reinvented for the Wild West and you will have an idea of a play that taps into black women’s anger and challenges traditional stories of female endurance. US reviewers rated it as bloody and bloody good.
Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk. “I wanna step on somethin for once. See what it feel like. Must feel good.” When a letter arrives from the mother they thought was dead, 21 year old twins Racine and Anaia travel from the Dirty South to the California desert and a yellow house with teal shutters. They are on a mission to avenge her past and ready to take down anyone who stands in their way. “We ain’t killers” “How you figure that? … Iss in the blood.” Aleshea Harris’ revenge tale about two women seeking justice and taking control of their own narratives, has received the Relentless Award and Obie Award for Playwriting. The UK Premiere will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director Ola Ince.