About this event:
- Event type:
- Booking required | In-person
- £10 (£5 concessions) +bkg fee
- Milton Court Studio Theatre
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
by Janice Okoh
Ola Ince director
Libby Watson set & costume designer
Diane Alison-Mitchell movement director
Jonathan Waller fight director
Raniah Al-Sayed intimacy director
Ashe de Waal lighting designer
Sam Greening composer
Reinis Melihovs sound designer
Abu Mensah video designer
Raphaella Philcox associate designer
Annemette Verspeak company voice work
In order of appearance
Aggie / Sarah Malikah McHerrin-Cobb
Harriet Waller / Queen Victoria Annabella Jennings*
Mrs Schoen / Harriet Miriam Petche
James Davies / James Ebenezer Gyau
Sarah Bonetta Davies Boni Adeliyi*
Reverend Venn / Ben Stanley Kayley
* Graduated from the BA (Hons) Acting programme in 2022
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Assistant Prop Makers
Scenic Art Co-Ordinator
Assistant Scenic Artists
Production Sound Engineer
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
SM Prop Supervisor
Additional Production Staff
Wigs, Hair & Make-Up
Last Looks Beauty
Accents and Dialects
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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