13 Feb – 4 Apr

Kiln Theatre presents


by Antoinette Nwandu


“Deez streets uh violence. Streets uh anger. Lead deez boys on to dat promised land.”

A lamppost. A street corner. But also a plantation. But also a city built from slaves.

Moses and Kitch wake every morning. Stuck. Hoping to escape. Hoping to move on. Hoping for a promised land. Hoping to pass over.

An epic mash up of Waiting for Godot, the Exodus and stories ripped from the daily headlines, Antoinette Nwandu’s fierce and politically charged new play exposes the experiences of young black men in a world that refuses to see them.

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Age Guidance 16+
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Post Show Discussion 26 Mar 20


Ticket Prices

£15 – £32.50
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80 mins


13 Feb – 4 Apr

A devastating force and a poeticism that dazzles

- The Times

An evening of theatre that manages to be existential, emotional, politically urgent and often deeply comic.

- Evening Standard

Electrifying, fiercely relevant and compelling. If, in these times, we are ever more in need of powerful and provocative political theatre, here it is.

- The Guardian

A searing fusion of politics and poetry: playful, unsettling, blazingly angry and desperately sad.

- Financial Times

Gershwyn Eustache Jnr is an achingly vulnerable Kitch. Paapa Essiedu is masterclass level as Moses, electrifyingly wired and wary’

- The Sunday Times

Powerful, entertaining, meticulously physical, superbly directed

- The Observer

‘Waiting for Godot’ is updated for the Black Live Matter era in this excellent play from Antoinette Nwandu.

- Time Out

I will be thinking about this play for a long time and urge everyone to watch it. It is funny, painful, honest and necessary

- Afridiziak

A witty, humorous gem of theatre

- WhatsOnStage

In this day and age we really need art that challenges the way things have been done and isn’t afraid to ask the big questions – Pass Over does exactly that, with some brilliant acting performances too.

- Gay Times

This searing play demands to be seen. If ever there was a play that audiences should listen to, this is it.

- Broadway World

Powerful 80-minute drama. The fiercest account of racism on the London stage.

- The Arts Desk

This electrifying, energetic and hard-hitting production is worth seeing.

- LondonTheatre1

Tense and compelling. Begs to be watched in person, and up close.

- Londonist


Alexander Eliot


Alexander Eliot plays Mister/Ossifer. Eliot recently graduated from Drama Centre.

His theatre work includes Three Sisters (Almeida Theatre) and television work includes Casualty.

Paapa Essiedu


Theatre credits include: The Convert (Young Vic), Pinter One (West End); Hamlet, King Lear (RSC), Kennedy Centre and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Ian Charleson and UK Theatre Award winner for Best Actor); Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath); The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mouse and his Child (RSC); You For Me For You (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory); King Lear (National Theatre); Black Jesus (Finborough); Outside on the Street (Pleasance); Dutchman (Orange Tree).

Television credits include: Gangs of London (Sky), Press, The Miniaturist, Black Earth Rising, Revolting, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC), Kiri, Not Safe for Work, Utopia (Channel 4).

Film credits include: Murder on the Orient Express and Women at the Well. (Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017)

Radio Credits include: Pericles, Wide Open Spaces, As Innocent as You Can Get and Something Understood (BBC Radio 4).

Gershwyn Eustache Jnr


Gershwyn Eustache Jnr plays Kitch.

His theatre work includes Small Island, Pinocchio, Home, Nut (National Theatre), Anatomy of a Suicide, A Profoundly Affectionate Passionate Devotion to Someone (Royal Court Theatre), The Royale (Bush Theatre) and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe).

For television, his work includes January 22nd, Small Ave, Britannia, Fortitude, Legends, Peter and Wendy and Run; and for film, The Yellow Birds, Second Coming and Starred Up.

Creative Team

Antoinette Nwandu


Antoinette Nwandu is a playwright who also writes for film & tv. Her play Pass Over (LCT3; Steppenwolf) was a NYT Critic’s Pick and won a Lucille Lortel Award and a Jeff Award for Best Play. A filmed version of Pass Over—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate premiered at Victory Gardens. And her play Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song will premiere at The Vineyard Theater during the Spring 2020 season. Antoinette is under commission from The Denver Center, Ars Nova & Audible. Antoinette’s writing has won the Whiting Award, the Samuel French Next Step Award, the Cullman Prize, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Sky Cooper Prize, and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an Ars Nova Play Group alum, and her work has been developed & supported by The Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. In film & tv, Antoinette wrote for Season 2 of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), and is adapting the short story “Wash Clean the Bones” for Amazon Studios from the collection Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.

Indhu Rubasingham


Robert Jones


Oliver Fenwick

Lighting Designer

Ben & Max Ringham

Composers and Sound Designers

Lanre Malaolu

Movement Director

Julia Horan CDG

Casting Director

Hazel Holder

Voice and Dialect Coach

Kevin McCurdy

Fight Director

Anna Bliss Scully

Costume Supervisor

Anthony Simpson-Pike

Assistant Director

Julia Slienger

Company Stage Manager

Helen Fletcher

Deputy Stage Manager

Kate Kenah

Assistant Stage Manager

This production is supported by:
Adam Kenwright