A Younger Theatre
There’s a magical realist element to the play
£12 Conc. / £17 Adult Adv. / £18 On Door / ‘Pay What You Can’ Saturday Matinees
When booking Adult Adv. tickets to any 7.30pm show (exc.Previews). Call for availability.
RUNNING TIME: 135mins (inc. interval). THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS STROBE LIGHT*
*These effects will be omitted from our Chilled (Relaxed) performances on 14th and 28th March, and the Parent & Baby Matinee on 21st March. See Tailored Performances below.
POLITE NOTICE: Patrons are kindly asked to vacate the auditorium during the interval.
Lynchburg, Virginia, on the former site of a cotton mill. 14 year old Ruffrino is struggling to make sense of his place in an impoverished world filled with seemingly random killings of young black men. As his anger towards reality grows, he moves further away from his family. Losing himself online, Ruffrino’s world sinks around him while he battles to wake up the zombies and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter.
Br’er Cotton was shortlisted for both the Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016 and the Relentless Award.
Black people make up 12% of the prison population, but only make up 3% of the UK – what are we going to do to change this? A discussion with purpose for a postive change.
Panellists: Temi Mwale (Founding Director of The 4Front Project), David Neita (Poet and Barrister for The Society of Black Lawyers), Hector Wesley (Black Activists Rising Against Cuts), Esther Baker (Artistic Director of Synergy) and Karl Smith (Synergy Studio assistant)
With a more relaxed view of Front of House etiquette, these performances are tailored to be sensitive to and celebrating of a diverse range of audiences. House lights are left on, our auditorium door is left open, and technical changes may be made where necessary to the production’s sound and lighting. Everyone is welcome.
21 Mar, 12:00: Parent & Baby (£10)
A chance for mums and dads to break away from the newborn baby routine and do something grown-up; without the need to hire a babysitter!
28 Mar, 15:00: Chilled (‘Relaxed’) Matinee (£10)
For anyone who finds it difficult to sit and enjoy live performance in a standard theatre environment. Please note that Theatre503 is currently accessible by stairs only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further access information.
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Tearrance is a playwright and artist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri he is currently a member of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a recent MFA Playwriting graduate. His play Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies will receive its World Premiere at Mosaic Theatre in Washington, D.C. this year and will be followed by the World Premiere of his play Br’er Cotton at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, TX. He has been profiled as someone to watch (American Theatre Magazine, Variety) developed work with numerous US theatres (Mosaic Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance and more) and been nominated (and occasionally won) awards (Relentless Award, Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award). It is the combination of visual art and the written word that motivates all his work.
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There’s a magical realist element to the play
But for straight-up heart, ambition and brilliance Br’er Cotton can’t be faulted, and could seriously set a far bigger stage than Theatre503’s alight. Let’s hope that moment is nigh.
Roy Alexander Weise’s visually bold staging relishes this ambitious play’s fiery dialogue, surging metaphors and questions about progress.
Kiza Deen as Nadine gives one of those rare inspired performances that warms the heart and energises the sensibilities.
an intricate consideration of the complexities of present-tense race
The play is absolutely topical, and it has the strength to scream about the injustice going on
A militant teenager grapples with politics and older relatives in Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s profound, beautifully staged play
This is an exceptional piece of work. Br’er Cotton is yet another jewel in 503’s crown, proving yet again that they are the true home of new writing.