Darren Donohue’s Bread and Roses Playwrighting Award winning play of 2019/20 will open at the theatre from the 25th May.

Having been awarded a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, the Bread and Roses Theatre will welcome audiences back next month with a production of I and the Village, co-directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director and Managing Director, Velenzia Spearpoint and Rebecca Pryle.

This production has also been made possible thanks to Lambeth Economic Resilience Fund, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust and every single individual who donated to the online appeal.

Living in limbo at an isolated Direct Provision Centre, Keicha and Jeta await decisions on their status to remain in Ireland. Sharing a room, their memories and fantasies seep into the dank walls merging into one story. When eighteen-year-old Hannah joins them she must fight to maintain her sense of identity or risk getting swept up in their reality. Limited in what he can do, kind hearted Carl, battles with his morals and his position as Centre Manager.

The production is set to star Chido Kunene, Funke Adeleke, Laide Sonola and Mark Rush.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director, Velenzia Spearpoint, said “Myself and the entire team were moved to tears by this play, it opens us up to a hidden part of the world and sheds light on the urgency of the issues behind the Direct Provision Centre. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who donated and supported our theatre during these trying times, however big or small and every act of spreading the word has made this possible, we can’t wait to share this important story with you!”  

The creative team involved with this production includes: Set and Costume Designer Constance Villemot, Lighting and Sound Designer Chuma Emembolu, Dramaturg and Researcher Matilda Velevitch, Assistant Director Tom Ward, Produced by Natalie Chan with Creative Producer Tessa Hart and Assistant Producer Rosie Sharp.

I and the Village will play at The Bread and Roses Theatre from the 25th May until the 5th June.