The High Table

by Temi Wilkey
Bush Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present
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Until 21 Mar

That’s actually what me and Leah came here to talk to you about. Look- there’s no easy way of saying this, but… Leah and I are getting married.

The dresses are chosen, the venue’s been booked and the RSVPs are flooding in. But Tara’s perfect Nigerian wedding to her girlfriend Leah is suddenly derailed when her parents refuse to attend. 

High above London, suspended between the stars, three of Tara’s ancestors are jolted from their eternal rest. Can these representatives of generations passed keep the family together? And will Tara’s decision ever get their blessing?

An epic family drama played out between the heavens and earth, The High Table is the hilarious and heart-breaking debut play from Temi Wilkey.

Times & Prices

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Dates

27 February - 21 MarchFrom £10

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

Saturday Matinees

29 February and 7, 14, 21 MarchFrom £10

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

Wednesday Matinees

4, 11, 18 MarchFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £10
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £10
  • Access: From £10
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £10
  • Wheelchair User: From £10
Running time approx 2 hours 20 minutes

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

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Post-Show Q&A: Tue 25 Feb

Hear from the cast and creatives of The High Table after the show. Free to ticket holders on the night.

Talk Back: Queer in the Diaspora : Sat 7 Mar, 5pm

An open discussion for queer people of colour led by Paula Akpan and Naeem Davis.

Access details

Captioned Performance

Thu 27 Feb at 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance

Sat 14 Mar at 2.30pm

Age guidance

14+

Content warnings

Please note, at times characters in the play use language which is homophobic and there are references to suicide. Flashing lights, smoke, burning sage and haze are used in this production and there are sudden/loud & high-pitched sounds.


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“Wilkey’s script was sharp, witty, rich with irony, and utterly, refreshingly real. Forget the standout performances, this was simply very good writing.”
The Upcoming
"Temi Wilkey writes with a strong voice that silences age-old misconceptions and prejudice within modern day African culture."
Afridiziac
“High Table is a vibrant production, engaging for the eye, mind and soul that can leave one with a sense of belief in the ability for profound human understanding.”
The Reviews Hub
“Beautiful but complicated depiction of black queer love in Temi Wilkey's moving debut play”
The Stage
“It has heart, intellectual and emotional intelligence, authenticity and genuine theatricality.”
WhatsOnStage
“A heartfelt drama that spans generations of a Nigerian family, this is a confident debut.”
Broadway World
“a powerful and moving debut by new playwright Temi Wilkey”
The Arts Desk
"A touching and at times very funny exploration of homosexuality, marriage, cultural values and traditions, and intergenerational family dynamics.”
London Unattached

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Cast

David Webber
David Webber plays Segun/Babatunde. His theatre credits include: Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre and in Australia & New Zealand, USA, UK & New York, Arms And The Man (Watford Palace Theatre), The Hudsucker Proxy (Liverpool Playhouse & Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), When Blair Had Bush And Bunga (Lee Menzies Productions at Edinburgh Festival), Catch-22 (Northern Stage & UK Tour), Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), The Government Inspector (Young Vic), Death and the King’s Horseman; Leave Taking (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse), Dame in Jack & the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Royal, Northampton), Aladdin (Watford Palace), The Big Life (Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue), Othello in Othello; The Sneeze (Good Company); What’s in the Cat (Contact Theatre / Royal Court), Aladdin (Watford Palace), The Bassett Table; One Love & Master Harold & The Boys (Bristol Old Vic), The Beatification of Area Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse & World Tour), Two Tracks & Text Me (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Antony & Cleopatra; The Lion; The Road; Smile Orange; Flyin' West; The Looking Glass & King Lear (Talawa Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Manchester Library Theatre), Ragamuffin, The Colored Museum (Double Edge Theatre Company), Remembrance (Carib Theatre Company). His television credits include: Death in Paradise, Year of The Rabbit, Chewing Gum, Holby City, Youngers, The Catherine Tate Show, The Royal Bodyguard, How Not to Live Your Life, Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human, Series regular in Grass, Prime Suspect, London’s Burning, The Knock, Coronation Street & The Bill. His film credits include: The Children Act, Captain Phillips, Broken, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Tipping The Velvet, All or Nothing, The 51st State, Among Giants and The Avengers.
Cherrelle Skeete
Cherrelle Skeete plays Tara. Her theatre credits include King Headley (Stratford East), A Small Place (Gate Theatre), Fun Home (Young Vic), The Seagull and Jack and Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), Three Days in the Country and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate), And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) and Joey Boy (The MAC).   Her Television credits include Silent Witness, Doctors, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies, Call the Midwife, and HANNA.
Ibinabo Jack
Ibinabo Jack plays Leah/Adebisi. She made her West End theatrical debut in Legally Blonde after which she went on to star as Lorrell Robinson in the original West End cast of Dreamgirls, her performance in this role went on to win her ‘Best Supporting Actress in a New Production of a Musical’ in the Broadway World awards. Other theatre credits include Our Lady of Kibeho (Northampton Theatre Royal), The Bodyguard (UK Tour and West End), Hot Stuff (Oldham Coliseum), Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange), Porgy and Bess (The Royal Danish Theatre), The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), Raindogs (Trafalgar Studios) and The Lion King (Disneyland Paris). In 2017 Ibinabo joined the cast of ITV’s Vera and is now a regular sidekick to Brenda Blethyn. Other TV credits include Doctors and Warren for the BBC. Ibinabo also appears in the feature film Two for Joy starring Samantha Morton.
Mohamed Gueye
Mohamed Gueye is the Musician/Co-Composer. He is a West African percussionist based in London. Born into a large griot family of drummers from Dakar in Senegal, he learnt the Sabar and Djembe drum with his family from the age of 5 and has been playing professionally since the age of 15. Mohamed trained at the Centre Culturel Blaise Senghor in Dakar where he performed with groups including Ambassador and Daradji. Since moving to London in 2010, he has performed at festivals across the UK including Womad, African Drum Village, Drum Camp, Africa Oye and BEATS Cornwall with African stars such as Baaba Maal, Carlou D, Aida Samb and Africa Express. Mohamed currently works and performs with numerous London based dancers and musicians including Diene Sagna (Yaye Dib Sabar), Alesandra Seutin (Vocab Dance), Irineu Nogueira, Landing Mane (Jamo Jamo Arts), Amadou Diagne and Abdoulaye Samb. He is an artist with the West African drum and dance company Yaye Dib Sabar and teaches in several primary schools in London as well as adult and professional classes and workshops. Mohamed has also recently been interviewed for the BBC World Service Forum ‘Talking Drums of West Africa’ which can be found on the BBC World Service website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswptb
Jumoké Fashola
Jumoké Fashola plays Mosun/Yetunde. She is an award winning Radio & Television Broadcaster, Jazz Singer and Actress. She currently presents J to Z on BBC Radio 3 and Sunday Breakfast - Inspirit for BBC Radio London. Her other radio credits include, Everywoman (BBC World Service), Pause for Thought (BBC Radio 2), You and Yours (BBC Radio 4). Jumoké’s theatre credits include Zawe Ashton’s For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Hackney Showroom), Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Bola Agbaje’s House Of Corrections, Song for a Phoenix (Coventry Olympic Torch Relay), Wole Soyinka’s Trials of Brother Jero, Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Bode Osayin’s The Shattered Bridge, Africa, New Season, Election Fever. Her self-penned one woman shows include, Dirty Little Secrets, performed at the London Festival of Cabaret 2015, Bush Theatre’s Radar Festival 2015 and St James Theatre Studio; Protest - Divas & Revolutions recorded live for BBC Radio 3, performed at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall - Elgar Room & The Pheasantry. Her television acting credits include Mirror in the Sun, Village Headmaster, For Better for Worse, The Adio Family. TV presenting credits include reporting for the Holiday Programme, Summer Praise and a 52 part children’s series, Superbook. As a vocalist, she has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Dionne Warwick, performed with Bobby McFerrin at the Meltdown Festival - Royal Festival Hall, sung Handel’s Messiah at the London Arena, performed alongside the Royal Ballet for the Gary Avis & Friends Benefit Gala and was a featured singer at Tate Modern. In 2019, she became the first woman ever, to sing the role of the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion performed with the Chorus of Dissent. Her debut album, The Condition of Being a Woman was released in 2014. She is the creator and host of the monthly Jazz Verse Jukebox, (which had a 7-year residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London), now based at Hoxton Hall, London.
Stefan Adegbola
Stefan plays Teju. Theatre work includes: Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre), Richard III (Headlong), Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Convert and The Christians (Gate Theatre), After Independence (Arcola Theatre), The Merchant of Venice and Comedy of Errors (Globe Theatre), Widower’s Houses (Orange Tree Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre). Television work includes: Enterprice (Fudge Park Productions) and Doctor Who (BBC). Film work includes: Anemone (BBC Films) and The Mire (Eclectic Films).

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26 Feb
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26 Feb
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