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    Family Tree 1
    • 13 Jun -
      17 Jun 2023
      13 Jun - 17 Jun 2023

    ★★★★★Beautifully poetic … Adebayo’s deft writing and the layered, nuanced performances allowed us to take solace in community and to look forward to a better future.” – ToDoList

    FAMILY TREE is a beautifully poetic drama about race, health, the environment, and the incredible legacy of one of the most influential Black women of modern times. Fearlessly honest, hilarious, and ultimately transformative, this award-winning play is both a remembrance and a celebration. 

    Henrietta Lacks is one of the most remarkable people in medical history. Her cells form the basis of the most important medical research and breakthroughs happening today, from cancer to HIV to COVID 

    But Henrietta never knew any of this. Her cells were taken without her or her family’s knowledge or permission. 

    Henrietta was a Black woman: she is not the only one whose body has been exploited by the medical establishment. 

    Denied her place in history, now is the time for Henrietta’s incredible legacy to undergo a transformation…to blossom and grow into something new and wonderful. 

    This brand-new nationwide touring production is brought to you by playwright Mojisola Adebayo (Alfred Fagon Award winner for Family Tree) and director Matthew Xia (The Wiz, Shebeen). 

    ★★★★★ “Outspoken and magical … informs us with its history and move us with its personal stories.” – British Theatre Guide 

    Henrietta Lacks: Aminita Francis
    Ain/Anarcha/Oshun: Mofetoluwa Akande
    Bibi/Betsey: Keziah Joseph
    Lyn/Lucy: Aimée Powell
    Smoking Man: Alistair Hall  

    Playwright: Mojisola Adebayo
    Director: Matthew Xia
    Set & Costume Designer: Simon Kenny
    Lighting Designer: Simisola Majekodunmi
    Composer & Sound Designer: Francesca Amewudah-Rivers
    Movement Director: Diane Alison-Mitchell
    Associate Director: Amelia Thornber
    Costume Supervisor: Maybelle Laye
    Production Dramatherapist: Wabriya King
    Tour Casting Advisor: Matilda James CDG

    Production Manager: Matt Ledbury
    Company Stage Manager: James Boyer Smith
    Deputy Stage Manager: Eliott Sheppard
    Lighting Associate: Tom Lightbody
    Sound Associate: Clive Meldrum

    Family Tree was commissioned by ATC and Young Vic Theatre, and produced as a work-in-development by ATC and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in August 2021 

    Following the performance on Tuesday 13 June, a meaningful discussion will take place, centred around the key themes explored in the show. Esteemed members of the local black community, as well as the cast, will be present and actively engaged in the conversation. Panelists include Helen Wilson-Roe, Cleo Lake and Lawrence Hoo.

    • RUNNING TIME95 mins
    • TICKETS£16 / £20
    • VENUE

    Content warning: This play deals with non-consensual medical experiments on Black women and children and discusses cancer. It contains strong language.

    7:30pm & 12pm matinee

    Standard from £16 / Concession from £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
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    Tue 13 June Post show discussion and Q+A

    Sat 17 June 7:30pm

    Members on sale 12:30pm on Thursday 12 January 2023
    General on sale 12:30pm on Monday 16 January 2023

    • Array

      "Family Tree is a lit firework ready to explode with activism, sisterhood, and revelation"

      To Do List
    • Array

      "Possibly one of the most important untold stories in history!"

      WestEnd Bestfriend
    • Array

      "a first-class production...a first-class play"

      Behind the Arras

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