Nancy Medina’s production will run at the Bush Theatre from the 12th June until the 27th July.

(c)Bronwen Sharp.

Presented as part of the Bush Theatre’s three-year ‘Passing The Baton’ initiative introducing or reacquainting theatregoers with the artists of colour who carved their way through British playwriting with distinction, casting has now been announced for Nancy Medina’s production of Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit.

Playing from the 12th June, the cast for the production is set to include:  Jonathan Ajayi, Rakie Ayola, David Jonsson-Fray, Debra Michaels, Tilly Steele and Tok Stephen.

Alvin and Errol can’t picture much of a future for themselves. They’re young, black and living in England in the 1980s, with an entire country and political system set against them. Instead they focus firmly on their past – the sunny Caribbean and heroic father they left behind when their mother brought them to England twenty years ago.

But when Alvin returns home from his grandfather’s funeral in the Caribbean, a new version of their past emerges, and the two brothers are caught in a desperate struggle to unearth the truth about their existence.

Strange Fruit was the first play that Caryl Phillips wrote, premiering at the Sheffield Crucible in 1980, with subsequent productions in London and at the Liverpool Playhouse.

This revival is set to include designs by Max Johns, lighting design by Sally Ferguson and sound design by Xena.

Strange Fruit will play at the Bush Theatre from the 12th June until the 27th July.