Theatre Royal Stratford East and Actors Touring Company present 

The UK premiere of


Written by Dave Harris  

Directed by Matthew Xia  

16 June – 15 July 2023


TAMBO & BONES are trapped in a minstrel show. It’s mad hard to feel like a real person when you’re trapped in a minstrel show. Their escape plan: get out, get bank, get even. 


So, accept our invitation, if you will, to step from the heart of the crumbling Empire into an America at the epicentre of the global Black Lives Matter movement. 


Part distorted clown-show, part spectacular hip-hop concert, part absurdist Afro-futuristic lecture (with robots!), Tambo & Bones interrogates the commodification and commercialisation of Black pain in a satirical roller coaster of a show. 


Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. Selected plays include Tambo & Bones (Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, 2022), Exception to the Rule (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2022), Incendiary (Woolly Mammoth 2023) and Everybody Black (Humana Festival, 2019). His first feature film, Summertime premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Dave is currently writing the feature adaptation of The Fortress of Solitude for Amazon, and an original television project at FX, ABC Studios and Goddard Textiles. Selected honours include the Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award and Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, The International Commendation for The Bruntwood Prize and a Cave Canem poetry fellowship, amongst others.   


Theatre Royal Statford East 

16 June – 15 July 2023  


Mon-Sat, 7.30pm  

Thu 22 Jun, 7pm  

Sat, 2.30pm & 7.30pm  

Thu 13 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm   


Access performances:  

Socially Distanced & Masked – Sat 24 Jun, 2.30pm  

Relaxed Environment – Sat 1 July 2.30pm 

BSL Interpreted – Thu 06 Jul, 7.30pm  

Captioned – Fri 07 Jul, 7.30pm  

Audio Described – Sat 08 Jul, 2.30pm  


Tickets: from £10  


Age Guidance: 14+ (this show contains sounds of gunfire, violence, strong language, repeated use of a racial slur, references to genocide and discusses themes some may find upsetting relating to race) 

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