★★★★★ “One of the most explosive British plays on race I’ve seen in years” Afridiziak
★★★★ "Excruciatingly funny... a bold exploration of black Britishness" Metro
★★★★ "An important production... a must-see piece of theatre." BroadwayWorldUK
"Bold, provocative and agonisingly funny." The Times
"Clever and complex vision of black Britons, then and now. Full of sharp, stinging dialogue... filled to the brim with great writing." The Guardian
"A deft portrayal of prejudice... adept direction and fine performances" The Observer
"Hilarious and destabilising... Dawn Walton’s production embraces levels, layers and structures that go beyond words." Exeunt Magazine
A subversive comedy drama 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…
Written by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Janice Okoh and directed by Dawn Walton, The Gift is the fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse Theatre movement, spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories.
Past stories from Revolution Mix include the sell-out production of Black Men Walking (nominated for UK Theatre Awards’ ‘Best New Play’ and Writer’s Guild Awards’ ‘Best Play’) and 2019’s highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler.
Praise for previous Revolution Mix stories:
"An important, political, poignant work that dismantles stereotypes"
The Stage, on Black Men Walking
"A crucial slice of black British history"
The Guardian, on Princess & The Hustler
"Richly textured, passionate and enormously affecting. Beautiful.”
The Times, on Princess & The Hustler
Presented by Eclipse Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
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Photos: Ellie Kurttz
Access & Events
Runtime: 2 hrs 25 mins (including interval)
Age Guidance: 15+ (contains nudity and strong language - see Content Advisory Notes). This production uses smoke and haze.
Concessions available for under 26s. Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.
Relaxed Performance - Thu 13 Feb, 2.30pm (what's this?)
BSL Performance - Thu 13 Feb, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance - Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance - Sat 15 Feb, 2.30pm (touch tour, 1.30pm)
Neighbours' Night - Mon 03 Feb (what's this?)
UNO Night - Thu 30 Jan (what's this?)
Post-show Talks with the cast (free)
Thu 06 Feb
Thu 13 Feb (evening show)
Writing workshop with Janice Okoh, Sat 08 Feb