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The Gift

03 March, 2020 - 07 March, 2020

An outrageous comedy drama about imperialism, cultural appropriation and drinking tea.

    An Eclipse Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry co-production

    The Gift

    3 - 7 March at NST City

    By Janice Okoh

    Directed by Dawn Walton

    Age Guidance: 15+ (contains nudity and strong language)

    Running time: approx 2 hrs 25 minutes including an interval.

    An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation…and tea. 

    Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go?  

    The present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess…  

    The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…

    The fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was the sell-out production of Black Men Walking and the second, the highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler.

    What are audiences saying?

    “Filled to the brim with great writing and good performances.” 
    The Guardian


    "Could be one of the landmark plays of our time." 
    Leamington Courier

    "The more you dig your nails into The Gift the more it reveals, and the more it hurts. Dawn Walton’s production embraces levels, layers and structures that go beyond words."

    Exeunt Magazine


    “The company making strides in telling Black Britain’s lost stories.” 

    The Stage



    "A bold exploration of black Britishness that is as agonising as it is funny.”  

    The Metro 



    “A must-see piece of theatre.” 

     Broadway World


    “One of the most powerful and complex discussions of race on the current British stage...” 

    The Theatre Times



    “…uncomfortable, hilarious, bewildering and thought-provoking. It is clearly produced with devotion from the cast and crew, directed with passion by Dawn Walton."   

    The Upcoming



    "Janice Okoh’s writing and Dawn Walton’s direction are excellent, with each line carrying weight.”  

    Brum Hour


    "The Gift will make you laugh and think seriously about the many forms of racism and deserves to be widely seen.”  

    Curtain Up



    Tickets: £10, £18.50, £23.50, £28.50