Arts & Culture

New Play ‘Rockets and Blue Lights’ by Winsome Pinnock

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm | 12 March 2020
Royal Exchange Theatre | £19

‘I am the slave ship. Wrecked. Empty. I am a shark, livid with the desire for blood. I am the sea, boiling with fury.’

Amid the gloom of Victorian England, Thomas, a black sailor prepares to take one last voyage, while an ageing Turner seeks artistic inspiration in a half-remembered story.

In 21st Century London, an actress finds herself handcuffed by history – two centuries after abolitionists won her ancestors their freedom.

Winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award, Winsome Pinnock’s astonishing new play retells British history through the prism of the slave trade. Fusing fact with fiction, past with present, the powerfully personal with the fiercely political, this epic production asks who owns our past – and who has the right to tell its stories?

PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 12th March – Saturday 4th April 2020.

PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30 PM / Evenings, 7.30 PM.

TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £19.00. Half Price Previews: Thursday 12 March, Friday 13 March, Saturday 14 March, Monday 16 March (all 7.30 PM).

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