THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT

14 Jul - 13 Aug 2022

Kiln Theatre presents

THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT

by Zodwa Nyoni

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As Shirley and Dwight bury their mother, they remember their upbringing in 1980s Chapeltown, Leeds differently. In the height of racial discrimination, police brutality and poverty, the struggle for survival ripped through their family.

Dwight was discovering what it meant to be a young black boy with autism in a world determined never to understand him. Shirley was desperately trying to forge her own independence away from unfair expectations at school and home.

Now as adults, they need to bring together the fractured pieces of their past to move forward together.

Nancy Medina directs Zodwa Nyoni’s gripping and heartfelt drama that explores the complexities and beauty of what it really means to care for one another.

Important Information

Age guidance: 12+

Post Show Q&A: 26 July, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 1 August, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 4 August, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: 6 August, 2.30pm

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Duration

TBC

Dates

14 Jul - 13 Aug 2022

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Cast

James Clyde

Mr Campbell/Police Officer/Prison Officer/Mourner

Brianna Douglas

Young Shirley

Andrew French

Calvin/Leroy

Hannah Morrish

Anna/Mourner

Lee Phillips

Dwight

Nadia Williams

Shirley/Josephine

CREATIVES

Zodwa Nyoni

Playwright

Zodwa Nyoni is a playwright and poet. She was the 2014 Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse via the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.  She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010). She was recently under commission as part of the Manchester Royal Exchange’s New Stages Writing Initiative.  She was also part of the 2015 Creative England iWrite Regional New Voices Initiative. 

Her plays include: Duty (National Trust and Paines Plough); Carnival Chronicles (Leeds West Indian Carnival – also director); Ode to Leeds (commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse); Weathered Estates (commissioned by Hull City of Culture) and Boi Boi is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse, tiata fahodzi and Watford Palace co-production).  

Her films include: The Ancestors, On Belonging, Mahogany. 

Nancy Medina

Director

Nancy is the winner of 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award and the Genesis Future Director Award. 

For Kiln/Tricycle: The Half God Of Rainfall (also Fuel / Birmingham Rep). 

Theatre credits include: Moreno (Theatre503); Trouble in Mind (National Theatre); The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); Two Trains Running (Royal & Derngate / ETT / RTST); Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre); Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama); When They Go Low (NT Connections / Sherman Theatre); Yellowman (Young Vic); Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (GB Theatre); Curried Goat And Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic); Dogtag (Theatre West); Strawberry & Chocolate, Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Persistence Of Memory (Rondo Theatre).  

She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post 16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma. 

Jean Chan

Designer

Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Elena Peña

Sound Designer

Briony Barnett CDG

Casting Director

Ingrid Mackinnon

Movement Director

Samantha Adams

Production Dramatherapist