The Gift

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Image of a woman in the reflection of a cup of tea


About this event:

Event type:
Booking required | In-person
£10 (£5 concessions) +bkg fee
Milton Court Studio Theatre

Event information

Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah Bonetta, 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?

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

Janice Okoh's The Gift is a play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation – and tea. Ola Ince directs.

'Clever and complex... a formally original and intellectual engagement with forgotten history, cross-racial adoption and the impact of imperialism on Black British lives today.' The Guardian

Please note this production contains adult content, including references of racial abuse and violence, blood and injury detail, explicit and discriminatory language (including that around race), and references to enslavement. There will also be strobe lighting, haze and on-stage smoking.

This amateur production of 'The Gift' is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Programme & Performers

Venue information

Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH