seeds embarks on UK Tour
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Drama - Off-West End - Shows - Tours
Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, Mel Pennant's seeds embarks on a UK tour in 2020, with a run in London at Soho Theatre from 24 March.
Image courtesy Soho Theatre
Written by Mel Pennant, seeds tells the story of two mothers united in sorrow, unable to escape the tragedy and violence of knife crime.
Together, they try to face the hardship of protecting their sons - one in life, and one in death.
seeds will be on tour from 21 February to 11 April and will be at London's Soho Theatre from 24 March to 11 April (find all tour dates here).
In our divided Britain, crimes fuelled by racism still happen; according to figures released in October 2019, knife crime offences in England and Wales have reached a record high.
Hate crimes have more than doubled over a seven-year period with a spike following the EU referendum; racial hate crimes make up more than three-quarters of offences.
seeds looks to tell the often unexplored stories of those who fight to keep their children safe from the world in which they grow up and is a compelling piece about motherhood, loss, the lengths that a parent may go to protect their child and what is left after tragedy hits.
It brings the insidious issues of race and gang mentality to the fore provoking dialogue in the hope they aren't allowed to fester and infect a new generation.
Director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour commented ...
"Finding, developing and directing ground-breaking new plays is my passion.
I'm interested in how new writing can respond to current events and resonate with audiences, the way they explore the human story behind injustices in the hope of bringing about change, or at least starting a dialogue to kickstart action.
I want to bring the people the world doesn't see or care about to the centre of a story where they can be engaged with.
I feel that seeds by Mel Pennant is a play very much in line with the work I want to create."
On Michael Thomas' birthday, his cake sits in his mother's living room, its candles burning undisturbed.
Jackie wants to clear her conscience, whilst Evelyn's got a big speech to deliver on the 15th anniversary of Michael's fatal stabbing.
Are some things better left unsaid?
Evelyn - Judith Jacob
Jackie - Penny Layden
Author: Mel Pennant
Director: Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Designer: Helen Coyston
Lighting: Simisola Majekodunmi
Production: tiata fahodzi and Wrested Veil in association with Leeds Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Tara Finney Productions
From: Tuesday 24 March 2020
Closes: Saturday 11 April 2020
Standard: From £11
ActDrop full listing for seeds