Leave Taking

by Winsome Pinnock
A Bush Theatre production
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24 May to 30 Jun
Passing the Baton
Winsome Pinnock is “the godmother of Black British playwrights” (The Guardian) who defined and inspired a generation with her work for the stage. She won the George Devine Award for Leave Taking in 1991 and was the first black British woman to have a play produced at the National Theatre. She has written numerous, award-winning plays that put black experiences centre-stage. In 2017, Winsome’s short play The Principles of Cartography opened the newly refurbished Bush Theatre as part of Black Lives, Black Words.

“What doctor know about our illness? Just give you pills to sick you stomach and a doctor certificate. What they know about a black woman soul?”

In Deptford, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn’t want to be at home – staying out late, 3pm-the-next-day late, is more her thing. Viv scours her school books trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.

When Enid takes her daughters to the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing, secrets are spilled. There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.

Two generations. Three incredible women. Leave Taking is one epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.

Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of Winsome Pinnock’s classic, award-winning play.

Meet the Writer: Winsome Pinnock

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Dates

24 May - 30 JuneFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Disabled: From £10
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £10
  • Wheelchair: From £17.50

Saturday Matinees

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 JuneFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Disabled: From £10
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £10
  • Wheelchair: From £17.50

Wednesday Matinees

6, 13, 20, 27 JuneFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Disabled: From £10
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £10
  • Wheelchair: From £17.50

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Audio described performance

Sat 9 Jun, 2.30pm

Captioned performance

Thurs 21 Jun, 7.30pm


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Adjoa Andoh
Adjoa Andoh plays Mai. She is making her Bush Theatre debut. Previous theatre includes: Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre); Soul (Royal & Derngate; Hackney Empire); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Starstruck (Tricycle Theatre); Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic); Julius Caesar, TamburlaineThe Odyssey (RSC); Or You Could Kiss Me, His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens, The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre);  Joe Turner’s Come and GoneIn The Red And Brown Water, The Snow Queen (Young Vic); Purgatorio (Arcola); Nights at the Circus (Kneehigh/ Lyric Hammersmith) Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith); The Dispute (RSC/Lyric Hammersmith);Glory (Lyric Hammersmith/Derby Playhouse/ West Yorkshire Playhouse); Blood Wedding (Almeida Theatre); In The Bunker With The Ladies (Drill Hall); The Vagina Monologues (Criterion & Tour); Breath Boom ; Sugar Mummies(Royal Court);  Death Catches the Hunter (Traverse Theatre/ Wild Iris); Love at A Loss (Wild Iris/ BAC/UK tour); Cloud Nine (Contact);  Our Day Out (Birmingham Rep); Princhdice and Co, Lear’s Daughters (Women’s Theatre Group). Her film credits include: BrotherhoodRemainderJulius CaesarInvictusAdulthoodEvery Time I Look at YouA Rather English Marriage; I Is a Long Married Woman; What My Mother Told MeThe Missing FingerOne in Four A Short Film About Melons. Television includes: Death in Paradise, ; Acceptable Risk; Liar; River; Cucumber; Chasing Shadows; Broadchurch: Series 2, Law and Order; Line of Duty; New Tricks;  River; The Interceptor; Missing; MI HighDoctor WhoThe Shadow in the North; Chopra Town; Silent Witness; Dalziel & Pascoe; Casualty;In Search of Myths and Heroes; Brian Pern: Death of RockWizards vs AliensGrandpa in My Pocket ; Mrs. Inbetweeny; MacbethJonathan CreekClose Relations; An Independent Man; Health and Efficiency; Brittas EmpireScott and Bailey, Wire in the Blood, The Bill, Peak PracticeThieftakers, Tomorrow PeopleCircle of Deceit, Twelve Angry Men;Brass Eye; Birthrights, West Indian Women at War.
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Nicholle Cherrie
Nicholle plays Viv. She is a recent graduate of Arts Ed and Leave Taking is her Bush Theatre debut. Her theatre credits include: Mamma Mia (Cyprus) in the role of Lisa and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Whilst in training her credits include: The Life, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wish Me Luck, Candide, Hay Fever (Arts Ed); My Lifelong Love; Olivier Awards 2016; Olympia Horse Show.
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Wil Johnson
Wil Johnson plays Brod. He makes his Bush Theatre debut in Leave Taking. His extensive credits as a stage actor include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic); King Lear (Royal Exchange); A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre); Fuente Ovejuna (Royal National Theatre); Redundant (Royal Court); A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe); Serious Money (Birmingham Rep); The Queen and I (Out Of Joint); Torn (Arcola Theatre) and the lead in Othello (Royal Lyceum). Most recently, Wil appeared in Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre). TV credits include: Carnival Row (Legendary); Outlander (Starz/Amazon); Vera, Lewis (ITV), Waking the Dead (BBC); The Five and Clocking Off (Red Productions); Moving On (LA Productions) and BAFTA best drama series, Cracker (Granada Television). Wil has also appeared in Waterloo Road (Shed Production); Hollyoaks (C4) and Emmerdale (ITV Yorkshire). Wil’s film credits include: Adulthood (Adulthood ltd), Anuvahood (Revolver), Midnight Breaks (Film 4), Dead End (Oceanstorm films) and Macbeth (Green Screen Productions).
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Seraphina Beh
Seraphina Beh plays Del. She recently appeared in the Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Parliament Square. Her other theatre credits include: Pigeon English, Romeo & Juliet, DNA (National Youth Theatre); Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre); Black Attack (Bush Theatre); My Beautiful City (Arcola Theatre); Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); Ondisting, Romeo & Juliet Et Al, Skeen (Ovalhouse Theatre). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Game Face (Objective Productions), Live At The Electric (Avalon Television).
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Sarah Niles
Sarah Niles plays Enid. She last appeared at the Bush Theatre in The Interrogation of Sandra Bland as part of Black Lives, Black Words. Her theatre credits include: B, The Sewing Group, Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Truth & Reconciliation (Royal Court); Boy (Almeida); The Crucible (Old Vic); Anthony & Cleopatra (RSC/Off Broadway); Table, Mrs Affleck (National); A Question of Freedom (Feelgood); The Long Road (Curve, Leicester); The Quiet Little Englishman (Zho Visual); Play Size (ATC/Young Vic); Bones (Bush Theatre); The Bogus Woman, The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe, To Kill a Mockingbird (Haymarket, Leicester); Entarete Musik (Amazonia Theatre Company); Lowdown High Notes (Red Ladder); Black Love (Black Arts Development Project); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manchester Library). Television credits include: Moving On (BBC), Marley’s Ghosts (UKTV), Lucky Man (Sky), Don’t Take My Baby (BBC), Catastrophe (Channel 4), Spotless (Netflix), Death in Paradise (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC), Being Human (BBC), Thorne: Sleepyhead (Sky), Beautiful People (BBC), Mister Eleven (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC), A Touch of Frost (ITV). Film credits include: Still, Austenland, Cuban Fury, Now Is Good, London Boulevard, Games Men Play, Happy-Go-Lucky.

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First day of rehearsals for #LeaveTaking @bushtheatre..time to make History 🙅🏿‍♂️💯🙏🏿🔥👊🏿🌍🤴🏿🎭 https://t.co/gImLOwGcq1
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23 Apr
First day of rehearsals for #LeaveTaking @bushtheatre..time to make History 🙅🏿‍♂️💯🙏🏿🔥👊🏿🌍🤴🏿🎭 https://t.co/gImLOwGcq1
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