FAMILY TREE

BY MOJISOLA ADEBAYO

UK PREMIERE

27 August – 30 August 2021

Dates

FAMILY TREE premiered at the Greenwich & Docklands Festival 2021.

For future news and dates on FAMILY TREE, watch this space.

Directed by ATC’s Artistic Director Matthew Xia, this site-responsive outdoor production is designed by Sandra Falase (J’Ouvert, Sonia Friedman Prods, Romeo and Juliet – Orange Tree), with music by Fran Rivers (Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund Award winner, 2021; Othello, NYT) and movement by Vicki Igbokwe (founder and creative director of Uchenna Dance, Mass Movement Choreographer, Olympic & Paralympic Ceremonies).

 

Family Tree takes as its inspiration the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman, whose cells were harvested and cultivated without her consent after her death from cervical cancer in the 1950s. The so-called HeLa cells have been vital to studying disease and have even contributed to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Using the Lacks story as a springboard, the work is a powerful exploration around the themes of ethics in healthcare, racism, the environment and a woman’s right to autonomy over her own body.

 

This outdoor staging of Family Tree was presented by ATC, FESTIVAL.ORG and Young Vic from the co-commission by ATC and Young Vic, for 7 performances only, as part of the development process for a full theatre run in 2022.

 

Actors Touring Company Artistic Director MATTHEW XIA says:

“Mojisola Adebayo has created a play which responds to the present moment whilst holding historical malpractice to account. It’s fearless, brutally honest, at turns hilarious, and ultimately transformative. This ritualistic celebration is our way of uplifting, remembering, and learning from these women who were used in the name of medical advancement.”

 

Watch this space for news of future performances.

 

Recommended age guidance: 13+

 

CREDITS

 

CAST

MICHELLE ASANTE

NATASHA COTTRIALL

KEZIAH JOSEPH

DIANA YEKINNNI

 

WRITER

MOJISOLA ADEBAYO

 

DIRECTOR

MATTHEW XIA

 

DESIGNER

SANDRA FALASE

 

SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER

FRAN RIVERS

 

CHOREOGRAPHER & MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

VICKI IGBOKWE

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

AMEERA CONRAD

 

costume supervisor and wardrobe manager

IMOGEN BROWN

 

Casting Consultant

SOPHIE PARROTT CDG

 

STAGE MANAGER

RACHAEL HEAD

 

DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER

CATHERINE MIZRAHI

 

STAGE CREW

RHEA JACQUES