Black Love

Kiln Theatre, Paines Plough and tiata fahodzi present


Book and lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba
Music by Ben and Max Ringham




Following a five-star, critically acclaimed national tour, Black Love comes to Kiln Theatre for a strictly limited run.

Meet Aurora and Orion. Sister and brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam.

Inside their small London flat, memories of their parents’ Black love surrounds them. When that love is threatened, they must first find understanding and connection before they can begin to find a way back to one another.

An explosion of form-busting storytelling, Black Love celebrates and investigates the Black experience through music, real-life stories and imagined worlds. This ‘beautiful ode to black society and home’ (The Guardian) is not to be missed.

‘Beautiful and essential’
The Stage

‘Glorious ode to black culture’
The Guardian

Important Information

Age guidance 14+

Post Show Q&A: 12 April, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 14 April, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 21 April, 7.30pm

Paines Plough captioning tablets

For our Captioned Performance on 21 April 2022, 7.30pm, there are a limited number of captioning tablets available. Book your ticket and email to reserve one of these tablets which will be handed to you by a member of our Front of House team, ready to use on your arrival.

Once the show starts, captions will appear on the tablet, and will be updated through the show without you having to do anything. Simply take the tablet at the start of the show, and then return it to the Front of House team at the end of the show.

PLEASE NOTE there will not be a caption box for this performance.

These tablets are used by Paines Plough as part of their pop-up venue, Roundabout.


This production contains haze, sudden, loud sound effects and intense, bright flashing lights.

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Approx 95 mins

Black Love: Unplugged

Wednesday 20 April, 9.20pm

Join us for a free post-show event showcasing exciting Black artists as they explore and present what Black Love means to them through the medium of spoken word, music and shared stories. 

This event is free to attend. Limited spaces available so book your place now.

If you already have a ticket to the performance of Black Love on 20 April, choose ‘General Admission’ when booking. 
If you wish to attend the performance as well as Black Love: Unplugged, choose ‘General Admission + Theatre Ticket’ when booking. 




Nicholle Cherrie


For theatre, Nicholle’s credits include 15 Heroines (Jermyn Street Theatre – streamed online), Girl from the North Country (Gielgud Theatre and Toronto), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Leave Taking (Bush Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Cyprus), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Her television work includes Doctors.

Beth Elliott


Beth was chosen to represent LIPA – where she trained – at The Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her theatre credits include All the Little Lights (Barewater Productions) and Cabaret (Treble Theatre Company); and TIE tours of Time Out and Skin Deep with Solomon Theatre Company.

Nathan Queeley-Dennis


Nathan trained at East 15 and is a former MonologueSlam winner. For theatre, his credits include A Taste of Honey (National Theatre), Little Baby Jesus (Birmingham REP), Pinocchio (Orange Tree Theatre), Really Big and Really Loud (Paines Plough), Rebel Music (Middle Child), and his own written piece Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz (Bunker Theatre and The Vaults). For television, his work includes Doctors.


Chinonyerem Odimba

Book, Lyics and Director

Chinonyerem Odimba is a Nigerian British playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Her work for theatre includes The Bird Woman of Lewisham at the Arcola; Rainy Season, and His Name is Ishmael for Bristol Old Vic; Joanne for Clean Break, and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break and The Yard.

Her work for young people includes a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre and Sweetness of a Sting for NT Connections. More recent work ranges from Medea at Bristol Old Vic, We Too, Are Giants for Kiln Theatre, Unknown Rivers at Hampstead Theatre, Prince and the Pauper at Watermill Theatre, and The Seven Ages of Patience at Kiln Theatre, and Princess & The Hustler’ which toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/HullTruck.

Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham and Alfred Fagon awards. In 2015 her unproduced play Wild is De Wind was shortlisted to the final ten for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She is the winner for the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award (Channel 4 Playwright Bursary) for a new play ‘How to Walk on the Moon’. She is currently working on theatre commissions for Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and Popcorn Productions. For Radio, credits include The Last flag, and Eve as part of This Is Your Country, Now series on BBC Radio 4.

As a director, Chinonyerem has worked for Bristol Old Vic, Theatre503 and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She will be co-directing her new play Black Love for Paines Plough, as well as an audio drama for Live Theatre/BBC Radio 4 in March 2021. Chinonyerem will be directing a new play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm for HighTide Theatre in January 2022.

Ben and Max Ringham


For Kiln Theatre: NW Trilogy, The Seven Ages of Patience, Pass Over, When the Crows Visit.

Created by credit: Anna (Olivier Nomination – Best Sound 2020); Curse of the Crackles! (with Shoreditch Town Hall).

Theatre credits include: Blindness (also International Tour), Teenage Dick, Berberian Sound Studio (Donmar Warehouse); Herding Cats (Soho Theatre); Cyrano de Bergerac (Olivier Nomination – Best Sound 2020), Pinter at the Pinter, Betrayal (West End); Ugly Lies the Bone, (National Theatre); Pygmalion (UK Tour); Party Skills (Shoreditch Town Hall); The Meeting (Chichester Festival Theatre); Machinal (Almeida); Love and Information (Sheffield Theatres); Gloria (Hampstead Theatre).

Television credits include: A Christmas Carol (BBC2); Second Hand for 50 Grand (Channel 4).

Film credits include: Through the Dunes (Short); Skip Girl (Short); The Making of an Avant-Garde (Documentary Feature).

Other credits include: The Return (Podcast with ETT); Frida Kahlo – Making Herself Up (The V&A); Mirror Maze, Room 2022 (with Es Devlin); Rembrandt – The Late Works (The National Gallery); The Inspection Chamber (for Alexa, BBC Research and Development).

Richard Kent


Richard Howell

Lighting Designer

Joel Price

Sound Designer

Candida Caldicot

Musical Director

Jacob Sparrow

Casting Director

Celise Hicks

Movement Director

Abdul Shyllon

Associate Musical Director

Natasha Ward

Costume Supervisor

Wabriya King

Production Dramatherapist

Garen Abel Unokan

Assistant Director


Nicki Brown

Production Manager

Owen Donkin

Deputy Production Manager

Company Stage Manager

EJ Saunders

Robyn-Amber Manners

Deputy Stage Manager

Emily Gaskin

Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover)

Eilidh MacKenzie

LX Operator

Megan Pilmoor

Wardrobe Manager

Adam Washington

Sound Operator

Tony Forrester

Production Carpenter

Tamykha Patterson

LX Programmer

Elliot Smith

LX Programmer

Jack Lord

Production Sound

Steve Andrews

Production Electrician

Michael Scott

Production Electrician

Footprint Scenery & Kiln Theatre Workshop

Set building