14 Nov - 21 Dec 2024

Kiln Theatre presents

The Purists

by Dan McCabe

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Subcultures and generations collide in this New York comedy.  

On their stoop in Queens, New York, Lamont, a legendary emcee and Mr Bugz, a hall-of-fame DJ, have been winding up Gerry, a musical lover, for as long as they can remember.  

But when two young women, Nancy and Val, put their rap battling skills to the test, they are forced to confront their convictions on race, sexuality and music. Struggling with secrets and their fears for the future, they realise they have more in common than they thought.  

As this critically acclaimed show makes its European premiere, it asks – how far would you go to speak your truth? 

Important Information

Post show Q&A: Thu 5 Dec, 7.30pm


Access Performances

Captioned Performance: Mon 9 Dec, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Sat 14 Dec, 2.30pm
Touch Tour: Thu 19 Dec, 6pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 19 Dec, 7.30pm

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14 Nov - 21 Dec 2024

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Creative Team

Dan McCabe


Dan McCabe’s play The Purists premiered at The Huntington Theater in Boston where it won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production and The Elisabeth Osborn Award for Best Play. Other plays include Blame the Parents and Reptilian. He is co-writing the screenplay for the forthcoming James Baldwin biopic, with Billy Porter portraying the author and civil rights activist.

Amit Sharma


Amit Sharma is an international award-winning director of theatre and television. Before joining the Kiln Theatre as Associate Director, he was previously Deputy Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep, Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and Associate Director at Graeae Theatre Company where his journey into theatre began. Sharma directed the critically acclaimed and sell-out run of Retrograde at the Kiln; and has also directed two productions at the National Theatre – The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company/Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production) and The Boy With Two Hearts (also Wales Millennium Centre). He also co-directed Prometheus Awakes, one of the largest outdoor productions featuring Deaf and disabled artists as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad (Graeae Theatre Company/ Greenwich+Docklands International Festival/ Stockton International Riverside Festival/La Fura Dels Baus); and Aruna and The Raging Sun in Chennai, India as part of UK/INDIA Year of Culture 2017. Sharma is a BAFTA nominated director, for his two films which were part of the Criptales season on BBC and BBC AMERICA. He also co-directed the award-winning BBC and NETFLIX television drama Then Barbara Met Alan (Best Single Drama, 2023 Broadcast Awards). He began his training at Graeae Theatre Company with Missing Piece 1. His other theatre credits include One Under (Graeae Theatre Company/Theatre Royal Plymouth), Aruna and the Raging Sun (Graeae Theatre Company/ The British Council), Cosmic Scallies (Graeae Theatre Company/Royal Exchange Theatre), and Iron Man (Graeae Theatre Company/international tour). His other television work includes Hamish, and Thunderbox.

Tom Piper

Set Designer

Oliver Fenwick

Lighting Designer

Tony Gayle

Sound Designer

Ruth Badila

Associate Costume Designer

Isabella Odoffin

Casting Director

Hazel Holder

Voice and Dialect Coach

Alysha Laviniere

Production Manager

Charlotte Ranson

Deputy Production Manager