by Benedict Lombe
A Bush Theatre Production
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09 Jul to 07 Aug

This is nice, init? I like it. Good little set-up to tell you the story of my name. The story of my true name.

When a woman receives an unexpected letter from the British Passport Office, she is forced to confront an old mystery: why does her South African passport not carry her first name? Armed with the wisdom of  favourite 90s TV shows, she sets out on a journey that will take her back to the turmoil of Mobutu’s Congo, growing up in post-Apartheid South Africa, moving to Ireland and finding love in a hostile England .

As her journey becomes inextricably linked with the tides of global history, how far will she go to unravel the truth? By turns wickedly funny and strikingly lyrical, Benedict Lombe’s Lava is an explosive debut that will turn the way you see the world on its axis.

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Lava is made possible thanks to the support of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which enables the venue to produce work from April to June 2021.

Times & Prices



09 July - 07 AugustFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Student/Under 26 (ID Required): From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Access: From £10

Saturday Matinees

17, 24, 31 July and 7 AugustFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Student/Under 26 (ID Required): From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Access: From £10

Wednesday Matinees

21, 28 July and 4 AugustFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Student/Under 26 (ID Required): From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Access: From £10
Running time approx 1 hours

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

Ticket info

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Please Note

Performances of Lava will go on sale with socially distanced seating. When government guidelines allow, these performances will move to full seating capacity.

Access details

Captioned Performance

Thur 22 July at 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance

Thur 29 July at 7.30pm

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