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This show closed on February 15, 2020

About The Gift

Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go?

The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess…

The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…

Written by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Janice Okoh and directed by Dawn Walton, The Gift is the fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse Theatre movement, spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories.

Past stories from Revolution Mix include the sell-out production of Black Men Walking (nominated for UK Theatre Awards’ ‘Best New Play’ and Writer’s Guild Awards’ ‘Best Play’) and 2019’s highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler.

Run Time

2hrs 25mins (inc. interval)

Start Date

End Date

Age

Recommended Ages 15+

A deft portrayal of prejudice... adept direction and fine performances
The Observer
Clever and complex vision of black Britons, then and now​. Full of sharp, stinging dialogue... filled to the brim with great writing
The Guardian
Hilarious and destabilising... Dawn Walton’s production embraces levels, layers and structures that go beyond words
Exeunt Magazine

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

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