13 Feb - 21 Mar

Kiln Theatre presents


by Antoinette Nwandu

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    “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.

    Important Information

    PLEASE NOTE Rows P-U in Stalls aren’t easily accessible

    Age Guidance 16+

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    Post Show Discussion 27 Feb 20. Hosted by Joy Francis (Words of Colour). Dr Rob Berkeley (formerly director of the Runnymede Trust and the BBC and co-founder of BlackOut UK) joins artistic director Indhu Rubasingham and members of the cast.

    Post-show Supper 3 Mar 20

    Captioned 12 Mar 20

    Audio Described 17 Mar 20 (pre-show touch tour from 6pm)

    Gala performance 19 Mar 20

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    Ticket Prices

    £15 - £32.50


    approx 80 mins (tbc)


    13 Feb - 21 Mar

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    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

    ‘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: TheConvert (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

    Cynthia Duberry

    Company Stage Manager

    Helen Fletcher

    Deputy Stage Manager

    Kate Kenah

    Assistant Stage Manager

    This production is supported by:
    Adam Kenwright

    Post-Show Supper

    Tue 3 Mar

    We are offering a unique opportunity for a small number of guests to have dinner with members of the cast and creative team after the performance. Join us for a two-course meal in an intimate setting at Kiln Theatre and learn more about the making of the show. During the evening, you will also hear about Kiln Theatre’s work as a registered charity and how you can support us.

    To book your place for the show and dinner, or if you would like more information, please contact Catherine in our Fundraising Team at or on 020 7625 0132. We have a limited number of spaces that are available on a first come, first served basis.

    Gala Performance

    Thu 19 Mar

    Help support Kiln Theatre’s work as a registered charity by buying a ticket to our Gala Performance.

    Every ticket includes a glass of wine and a programme. Keep an eye out for some VIP guests in the audience too!

    All proceeds from the evening are in aid of Kiln Theatre. Your support helps us to create innovative productions, to make theatre available to our local community and to connect everyone, whatever their background, through the power of performance. Read more here.