Dreaming and Drowning

Written and directed by Kwame Owusu
A Bush Theatre production in association with WoLab
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Until 05 Jan
World Premiere

“I had that dream again. Drowning and gasping but I’m trying not to think about it.”

Malachi’s been looking forward to a fresh start at uni for months. He’s settling in, he’s got a stack of books to read and he’s met someone new – Kojo, a musician with a megawatt smile, who’s basically perfect.

But something doesn’t feel right. He keeps having the same nightmare – sinking, crushed by the weight of the ocean – and it’s getting worse… A beast grows in the water, hungry, relentless, hunting him but always just out of sight. As the boundaries between nightmare and reality fracture, Malachi must fight harder than ever to stay afloat.

Dreaming and Drowning is an intimate and visceral deep-dive into the boundless mind of a young Black queer man wrestling with anxiety. This electrifying world premiere of the Mustapha Matura Award-winning play is written and directed by Kwame Owusu, performed by Tienne Simon (Grime Kids, BBC).

WINNER Mustapha Matura Award 2022
WINNER RSC 37 Plays Competition
SHORTLISTED Alfred Fagon Award 2022

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Dreaming and Drowning Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings

Times & Prices



09 December - 05 JanuaryFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £12.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £12.50
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £10
  • Access: From £10
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £0

Saturday Matinees

9, 16, 23 DecemberFrom £25

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £22.50
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £20
  • Access: From £20
  • Standard: From £25
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £0

Wednesday Matinees

13, 20 December and 3 JanuaryFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £12.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £12.50
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £10
  • Access: From £10
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15
Running time approx 1 hours

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Access details

Chilled Performance

Thursday 7th December at 8:00pm

Captioned Performance

Wednesday 13th December at 8:00pm

Audio Described

Wednesday 20th December at 8:00pm

Touch Tour

Wednesday 20th December at 7:00pm

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Tienne Simon
Tienne Simon recently finished shooting one of the lead roles (Royce) in the Barnaby Roper feature film Animal opposite Eddie Marsan, Sam Claflin and Burn Gorman. Last year he shot one of the lead roles (Bishop) in Theresa Ikoko's BBC series Grime Kids which will come out towards the end of 2023. Tienne graduated from LAMDA in 2022.


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