Actors Touring Company and Belgrade Theatre Coventry, in association with Brixton House present

The 2023 Nationwide Tour of 

FAMILY TREE 

Written by Mojisola Adebayo

Directed by Matthew Xia 

10 March – 17 June 2023 

FAMILY TREE is the winner of the 25th Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️“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. 

 

Now FAMILY TREE will tour venues throughout the UK, in a brand-new ATC co-production with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Brixton House. Audiences in Keswick, Nottingham, Oxford, Ipswich, Coventry and London – with more places to be announced – will have the chance to experience this award-winning play, between March and June 2023.

 

Henrietta Lacks is one of 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 nationwide touring production is brought to you by playwright Mojisola Adebayo (Alfred Fagon Award winner for FAMILY TREE) and director Matthew Xia (Blue/Orange, The Wiz).

 

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

 

 

Mojisola Adebayo

(BA, MA, PhD, FRSL, FHEA) has been making theatre internationally for 30 years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Plays includee Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith), 48 Minutes for Palestine (Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Wind / Rush Generation(s) (National Theatre) and Nothello (Belgrade Theatre Coventry). Her book Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (Bloomsbury Methuen), co-edited with Lynette Goddard, is out in October 2022. Mojisola is a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, Associate Artist of Black Lives Black Words, AICRE, Pan Arts and the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective, is an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College, is on a fellowship at University of Potsdam, Germany, commissioned by Counterpoint Arts and is a Writer-on-Attachment to the National Theatre (UK). Her play STARS (Tamasha / ICA) premieres at ICA London in April 2023, before a national tour. See mojisolaadebayo.co.uk for more.

TOUR DATES

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

10-18 March

 

Traverse Edinburgh

5-7 April

 

Brixton House

12-23 April 

 

Tron Glasgow

27-29 April 

 

Liverpool Everyman

4-6 May

 

Theatre by the Lake Keswick

11 May

 

Theatre Royal Plymouth 

16-20 May

 

Sheffield Crucible Studio 

23-24 May

 

The North Wall Oxford

26-27 May

 

Nottingham Playhouse

1-3 June

 

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich 

8-10 June 

 

Tobacco Factory theatres Bristol

13-17 June

 

Tickets go on sale at each tour venue individually. All venues should be on sale by December. If you have any questions regarding booking, please contact atc@atctheatre.com.

 

Creative Team

Writer

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

 

Original Casting

SOPHIE PARROTT CDG

 

Full details of  our cast will be announced shortly.

 

Content Warning:

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

 

Recommended Age Guidance: 14+

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.

Skip to content