Alvin and Errol can’t picture much of a future for themselves. They’re young, Black and living in England in the 1980s, with an entire country and political system set against them. Instead they focus firmly on their past – the sunny Caribbean and heroic father they left behind when their mother brought them to England twenty years ago.
But when Alvin returns home from his grandfather’s funeral a new version of their past emerges and the two brothers are caught in a desperate struggle to unearth the truth about their existence.
Powerful and compelling, Strange Fruit by Caryl Phillips (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) is the story of a family caught between two cultures, and the uncrossable no man’s land that can come between parents and their children. It will be directed by Nancy Medina (Persistence of Memory, Dutchman).
Strange Fruit is the latest edition in the Passing the Baton series, following Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking in 2018.
19 June - 27 JulyFrom £10
19, 26 June and 3, 10, 17, 24 JulyFrom £10
22, 29 June and 6, 13, 20, 27 JulyFrom £10
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Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of Strange Fruit after the show. Free to ticket holders on the night.
See the show then come back to discuss it with fellow audience members in an informal chat in the Reading Room. Free to ticket holders from any performance of Strange Fruit.
Thu 4 July 7.30pm
Sat 6 July 2.30pm
14+ Please be advised that Strange Fruit contains strong language, violence, scenes of a sexual nature and references to suicide.
The running time includes a 15 minute interval.
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