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The Gift

The Gift

Eclipse Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present
The Gift
by Janice Okoh
Directed by Dawn Walton

An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation…and tea. 

Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go?  

The present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess…  

The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…

The fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse Theatre movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was the sell-out production of Black Men Walking and the second, the highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler.


“Filled to the brim with great writing and good performances.”  The Guardian

"A bold exploration of black Britishness that is as agonising as it is funny.”  ★★★★ The Metro 

“A must-see piece of theatre.” ★★★★ BroadwayWorld

"Janice Okoh’s clever and hilariously funny exploration of what it means to be black in Britain offers a layered and complex perspective." ★★★★★ Afridiziak

“An uncomfortable but rewarding play of stories we can't forget.” ★★★★★ Coventry Telegraph 

"The more you dig your nails into The Gift the more it reveals, and the more it hurts. Dawn Walton’s production embraces levels, layers and structures that go beyond words." Exeunt Magazine

“One of the most powerful and complex discussions of race on the current British stage...” The Theatre Times

"Could be one of the landmark plays of our time."  Leamington Courier 

Suitable for 15+ Contains some nudity



Standard Price: £14.00
Concession £12.00

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