Kiln Theatre presents


by Zodwa Nyoni

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

As adults, siblings Shirley and Dwight 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 an autistic young Black boy in a world determined never to understand him. Shirley was trying to forge her own independence away from rigid expectations at school and home.

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

Important Information

Age guidance: 12+

Post Show Q&A: TBC
Captioned Performance: 10 August, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 4 August, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: 6 August, 2.30pm

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Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including an interval

‘An extraordinary performance from Lee Phillips.’

- Evening Standard

‘Moving. Engrossing.’

- WhatsOnStage

‘Heart-wrenching and essential, a necessary piece of theatre.’

- Time Out

‘Exceptional performances.’

- The Times

‘A powerful portrayal of autism and prejudice.’

- The Guardian

‘A moving tale of family love and courage marked by outstanding performances.’

- LondonTheatre1


James Clyde

Mr Campbell/Police Officer/Prison Officer

Brianna Douglas

Young Shirley

Andrew French


Hannah Morrish


Lee Phillips


Nadia Williams



Zodwa Nyoni


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


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


Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Elena Peña

Sound Designer

Briony Barnett CDG

Casting Director

Ingrid Mackinnon

Movement Director

Samantha E Adams

Production Dramatherapist

Eleanor Manners

Voice & Dialect Coach

Megan Keegan-Pilmoor

Costume Supervisor

Keisha Banya

Wigs Supervisor

Kate Waters

Fight Director

Stephen Bailey

Assistant Director

Production & Stage Management

Tom Lee

Production Manager

EJ Saunders

Company Stage Manager

Constance Oak

Deputy Stage Manager

Aiman Bandali

Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover)

Eilidh MacKenzie

Technician/Lighting Operator

Anuccia Botto

Wardrobe Manager/Dresser

Patricia Hitchcock, Selena Kelly

Access All Areas Creative Support Workers

Andrew Taylor

Production Electrician

Tony Forrester

Production Carpenter

Tamykha Patterson

Lighting Programmer

Footprint Scenery, Kiln Theatre Workshop, The Revolving Stage Company

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