By Benedict Lombe
A Bush Theatre Production
World Premiere

A fierce new romance for anyone desperate for a different kind of love story, starring Tosin Cole & Heather Agyepong.

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‘Something is shifting between you – again. Something terrifying and comforting.’

Dre and Des.
Young. Gifted. Black.
He stayed. She left.

Years later, tragedy brings Des and Dre crashing back into each other’s lives, carrying new secrets and old scars. With the clock counting down until Des has to leave again, memories of their teen years collide with their present and they’re forced to question if destiny has brought them back together for a reason.

Shifters is a funny, intoxicating and relatable reminder of the enduring power of memory and young love. This tender and heartbreaking world premiere is a new Bush Theatre commission directed by Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Lynette Linton (Blues for an Alabama Sky, August in England) and written by Benedict Lombe (Lava, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting).

Stars Tosin Cole (BBC’s Doctor Who) and Heather Agyepong (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, Lyric Hammersmith).

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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'So good — laugh-out-loud funny and tears-to-the-eyes moving... Lombe's touching, emotionally intelligent and contemporary black British love story is itself easy to fall in love with'
The Times
'A play with real heart and soul... Shifters builds its own distinct world and organically incorporates ideas around abuse, grief, family trauma and the Black body alongside its questions about love and fate'
The Guardian
'Pretty much the perfect bittersweet rom-com... a fresh and delightful romantic drama, beautifully written and acted'
The Evening Standard
'An exquisitely poetic romance... Shifters skillfully tackles everyday issues – from mental health to grief to class inequality – without ever laying them on too thick. At the heart of this drama is the connection between the two leads, at once electric and sweetly endearing'
'Distils the giddy wonder of falling in love for the first time... a tender, cosmic and cleverly unpredictable love story that will leave you wishing for a sequel'
'It's heart-wrenching. It's unapologetically romantic and is the black love story that's been missing from the stage'
London Theatre Reviews
Beyond the stunning acting, I loved seeing black love; a rarity both on screen and on stage.

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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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