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A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Lyn Gardner avatar
13 March 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“This is now sold out but if you manage to get a return for Selina Thompson’s searing show, which I saw in Edinburgh in 2017, you won't regret it. It's about her journey retracing the transatlantic slave triangle from Britain to Ghana to Jamaica and back. It is a show haunted by absence and also by inconsolable grief and the need to remember. Beautiful and uncomfortable.”


In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.

Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.

It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards.

This show is what they brought back.

“We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.“

Part of artist Selina Thompson’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity, the award-winning salt. focuses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK

Critic reviews

It's a heavy story made endurable by Rose's grounded performance, small breaths of humour, and by the strength of the writing itself


Thompson writes beautifully, perfectly expressing the pain of being in a black body in places where prejudice is either overt, or concealed, but always present

The Arts Desk

Rose brings a sense of simmering grief and rage to the part, which occasionally bubbles over as she pounds and grinds the salt

Financial Times

Selina Thompson’s poetic and painful account of her attempt to retrace Britain's old slave-trading routes

Time Out

Raw humour and the sting of old wounds

Evening Standard

Beautiful, moving reprisal of Selina Thompson’s solo show

The Stage

Diaspora travelogue, conversational essay, poetry: it is a phenomenal piece of writing that would stand tall in any form

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 14 May - Sat 1 Jun, 7.45pm


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