FAMILY TREE premiered at the Greenwich & Docklands Festival 2021.
For future news and dates on FAMILY TREE, watch this space.
“Beautifully poetic … Adebayo’s deft writing and the layered, nuanced performances of the excellent cast, allowed us to take solace in community and to look forward to a better future.”
– To do List, read the full review here
“An expansive look at the magnitude of Henrietta Lacks’ legacy…wonderfully captured in Matthew Xia’s production“
– Theatre Full stop
“Outspoken and magical…It informs with its history, moves with its personal stories.”
– British Theatre guide, read the full review here
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+
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