The production will run at the theatre from the 15th June until the 15th July 2023 .

(c) Alex Brenner

Rehearsal images have now been released for Oscar Pearce’s production of Possession by Sasha Hails, playing at the Arcola Theatre from next month.

Kasambayi, recently arrived in the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo, starts her contractions on the number 38 bus at Clapton Pond, and gives the final push at Victoria. She names her daughter Hope — hope for their new life, hope for their future.

Once Hope is fully grown, her path crosses with Alice, a foreign correspondent with a particular interest in Cobalt – the latest blood mineral being mined in the DRC. But will their budding friendship threaten the safety that Kasambayi has so carefully built for them in London?

Meanwhile Alice Seeley-Harris, a Victorian Missionary’s wife in King Leopold’s Congo has a horrible sense that history is repeating itself.

Possession is a tale about desire. About owning and being owned. About colonising and being colonised. And ultimately about the power of the spirit to escape oppression.

(c) Alex Brenner

The cast for the production includes: Sarah Amankwah (Kasambayi); Diany Bandza (Hope); Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Alice Young and Alice Seeley Harris); Milo Twomey (John Dent and John Harris).

(c) Alex Brenner

The creative team behind the production includes: Set Designer: Sarah Beaton; Lighting Designer: Joseph Ed Thomas Sound Designer: Esther Kehinde Ajayi; Video Designer: Leo Flint; Costume Supervisor: Alexandra Kharibian and Movement Director: Tian Brown-Simpson.

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