Venue - RADA
RADA, 62-64 Gower St, London WC1E 6ED, UK
What we have had in this family is what they out there can only talk about. How could we have been wrong?
This is the London premiere of this play.
Valerie McKenna is a successful middle-class businesswoman, living in suburban comfort with husband Willard, son Peter and adopted daughter Jaime, who is white. When her son John is murdered by white racists, the family begins a journey into the criminal justice system and the media that exposes them to the biting tensions that run through modern Britain. With the police and the judiciary failing them they are approached by a lawyer who is determined to fight their case; and while the family begin the fight for justice, secure family relationships disintegrate, grief is kettled, and racial identity fractures with profound and irreparable consequences.
Kwame Kwei-Armah is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor and broadcaster. His plays include Beneatha’s Place, Seize the Day, Blues Brother Soul Sister, and his seminal triptych of plays chronicling the struggles of the British African-Caribbean community in London: Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up and Statement of Regret, which each premiered at the National Theatre between 2003-2007.
With Elmina’s Kitchen he became the first black British playwright to have his work produced in the West End. He is Artistic Director of Centre Stage in Baltimore, and is currently an Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse, where he recently directed One Night in Miami. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to drama.
Director Prasanna Puwanarajah is a writer, actor and director. His debut play Nightwatchman premiered at the National Theatre in 2011, where he has also worked extensively as an actor. He directed Moth at the HighTide Festival and Bush Theatre, where it was a 2013 Time Out Critics’ Choice. For television he has directed the acclaimed Spoof or Die for Channel 4, which received special screenings at the Belfast Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival. His other short films include BOY, written in response to the London 2012 Olympic Games and The Half-Light. He is an Associate of HighTide Festival, Wilton’s Music Hall, and on the Boards of the National Youth Theatre and Headlong. He trained in medicine and worked as a doctor in the NHS.