SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
THE TRISTAN BATES, 2016
The Slave by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka
'Whatever the core of our lives. Whatever the deceit. We live where we are and seek nothing but ourselves.'
A rare, intimate revival of a seminal play set in the era of the USA Civil Rights movement which explores issues that remain as relevant and important today as when it was first published.
LeRoi Jones’ play The Slave is angry, passionate and unapologetic. This European premiere by Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) is shocking in its ideas, language, and honest anger. First published and performed in 1964, this one-act play is an examination of the tension between black and white people in contemporary America, starting when African-American Walker Vessels visits the home of Grace, his ex-wife and her new husband Easley who are both white.
From the Slave Trade to the Civil Rights Movement and into the modern day with the Black Lives Matter campaign and our continuing concern over citizenship, identity and cultural belonging, Baraka’s The Slave is as relevant today as when it was first written.
Director: Rachel Heyburn
Designer: Sophie Thomas
Lighting Designer: Tim Boyd
Composer: Anthony Kosky