Theatre Royal Haymarket
2:30pm, Friday 23rd November 2018
Chicago. 1941. Joey, John and Eliza are siblings, but their lives are about to take different paths. Joey is embracing the New Negro Movement, John is breaking barriers at college and Eliza is preparing to pass as white. In a world where everything is determined by race, what can you gain by concealing who you are, and more importantly what can you lose?
Passing is a new play that exposes the controversial practice of “racial passing” – the use of skin colour as a form of social currency.
This epic family drama provokes thought on identity, race and feminism through powerful language, live music and unforgettable characters. It is the only script of its kind that gives the mixed-race experience centre stage.
Indigo Griffiths is an Actor and Writer. Her focus is on exploring unheard female voices and the mixed-race narrative. She often writes period pieces, interrogating the past to unravel what it means today to fall in between cultures. She is currently working on a trilogy of plays that explore mixed race heritage (Passing, The Mulatto Girl and The Island.) Credits include Passing (Rehearsed Reading, Women@RADA) and The Mulatto Girl (Nuffield Theatre Lab.)
Gemma Aked-Priestley (Director)
Gemma is a director whose passion is irreverent new writing. Directing credits include: My Dad’s Blind (Project Arts Centre, Dublin Fringe Festival), the European premiere of Gracie (Finborough Theatre, Off West End Award Nomination for Best Female Performance),Grimm: An Untold Tale (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Tender Napalm (Karamel Club Theatre). Assistant directing credits include:The Shadow Factory (The Nuffield Southampton Theatres) Thebes Land (Arcola Theatre) and Tonight With Donny Stixx (The Bunker).
Casting will be announced imminently.