By Benedict Lombe
A Bush Theatre Production
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16 Feb to 30 Mar
World Premiere

“It’s only in looking back that I realise we were always in motion, always morphing, always shifting. Weren’t we?”

Des and Dre. Destiny and Dream.
Young. Gifted. Black.
Rivals. Friends. Lovers.

She left. He stayed.

Now, tragedy brings Des and Dre crashing back into each other’s lives, carrying new secrets and old scars. Caught in the space between memory and reality, they must struggle to navigate the shifting borders that threaten to rewrite their past and reshape their future.

A fierce romance for anyone desperate for a different kind of love story, Shifters is a tribute to the enduring power – and fragility – of memory and love.

Starring Tosin Cole (Doctor Who) and Heather Agyepong (The Power), this surprising and playful world premiere is a new Bush Theatre commission written by Benedict Lombe (Lava, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting) and directed by Bush Theatre Artistic Director, Lynette Linton (August in England, Clyde’s).

Praise for Lava at the Bush Theatre:
★★★★ ‘Luminous.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Absolutely phenomenal.’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘Brilliant… a celebration of black strength and excellence.’ The Times
This production is generously supported by Charles Holloway, and is part of our artist development programme, Staged by Jerwood. Staged by Jerwood is supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund.

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Shifters Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings

Times & Prices



16 February - 30 MarchFrom £12

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £12
  • Access: From £12
  • Standard: From £12
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20

Wednesday Matinees

28 February and 6, 13, 20, 27 MarchFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20

Saturday Matinees

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 MarchFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20
Running time approx 1 hours 30 minutes

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

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Access details

Relaxed & Sensory Adapted Performances

Saturday 2nd March at 2:30pm & Thursday 21st March at 7:30pm

Captioned Performances

Thursday 7th March at 7:30pm & Saturday 16th March at 2:30pm

Audio Described Performances

Saturday 9th March at 2:30pm & Thursday 14th March at 7:30pm

Touch Tours

Saturday 9th March at 1:30pm & Thursday 14th March at 6:30pm

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Heather Agyepong
Heather Agyepong’s theatre credits include: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Lyric Hammersmith); Celebrated Virgins (Theatr Clwyd); The Body Remembers (Battersea Arts Centre); Noughts & Crosses (UK tour); Girls (Soho); So Many Reasons and Best Friends (Ovalhouse); Hatch (Hackney Showrooms); Jagged Edge (Acrylick); Still Barred (Initiative.dkf). For television, her credits include: The Power (Amazon); This is Going to Hurt and Enterprice (BBC), and for film; Joy and Sylvia. Heather is also an award winning visual artist with her photography focusing on mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. Her work is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize.  
Tosin Cole
Tosin Cole is a rising star whose work encompasses stage and screen. Tosin most recently wrapped production on Netflix’s highly anticipated series, Supacell created by Rapman. He will soon start production on Girl from the North Country, opposite Chloe Bailey and Olivia Colman, and will next be seen as Tyronie Downie in Bob Marley: One Love opposite Kingsley Ben Adir. Recent film projects include Warner Bros. feature House Party, a reimagining of the cult 1990’s classic. He also took on the seminal role of Medger Evers in Chinoye Chukwu’s acclaimed drama, Till, which starred Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, whose pursuit of justice for her son triggered the Civil Rights Movement. Other notable work includes, 61st Street from BAFTA Award winning screenwriter Peter Moffat; Debbie Tucker Green’s screen adaptation of her hugely successful stage play, ear for eye, which premiered at the BFI Festival; Doctor Who; The Sourvenir; Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His theatre credits include, They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida) and STOP (Trafalgar Studios).


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