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SAMUEL TAKES A BREAK ...IN MALE DUNGEON NO. 5 AFTER A LONG BUT GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL DAY OF TOURS

9 February - 23 March 2024

SAMUEL TAKES A BREAK ...IN MALE DUNGEON NO. 5 AFTER A LONG BUT GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL DAY OF TOURS

9 February - 23 March 2024

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About

Welcome to Cape Coast Castle, Ghana.

It is the Year of Return, 2019.

Samuel is our tour guide. It’s his job to give tourists a really really authentic experience of the castle’s dark history, and to do it all with a smile. Good ol’ Samuel!

Orange is a ticket officer. She thinks Samuel needs to get a goddamn life. There has to be more to him beyond these castle walls.

Today is Samuel’s birthday! Happy birth—

“Do you ever want to hurt the tourists Samuel?"

No! They’re his guests, and they’re on a journey of self-discovery. But they’re here, standing on soil, blood and bones, asking for a selfie. They want to buy trinkets from the gift shop.

No. Samuel would never want to hurt the tourists.

And they would never want to hurt him.

A story about Samuel, Orange and their attempts to preserve the past.

From debut writer Rhianna Ilube (shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award) and directed by The Yard Theatre’s Deputy Artistic Director Anthony Simpson-Pike (★★★★★ Beautiful Thing; Theatre Royal Stratford East/HOME, Olivier Award-Winning ★★★★★ The P Word; Bush Theatre, ★★★★★ Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors; National Theatre).
Supported by The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Maria Bjornson Memorial Trust, and The Garrick Charitable Trust.
★★★★

“A sharply funny look at the reverberation of colonialism into the present day”

The Stage

★★★★

“It’s those wild swings from one extreme to the other that make this play so fresh and fascinating; its unpredictability, its seriousness of purpose and its lightness of touch in achieving it.”

Time Out

★★★★★

“A hilarious but unflinching look. It’s an unmissable production that is sure to captivate.”

Theatre Weekly

★★★★

“Clever, thoughtful, confronting and daring theatre... I have a feeling it is a good year for The Yard Theatre.”

Salterton Arts Review

Cast & Team

cast

Fode Simbo
  • Samuel
Bola Akeju
  • Orange
Tori Allen-Martin
  • Letty
Stefan Asante-Boateng
  • Trev
Photography by Marc Brenner
The Yard Theatre
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EVENTS

Cover image for Black Out Night
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Black Out Night

28 February 2024

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Samuel Takes A Break: Black Out Night is an evening programmed for an all-Black audience to collectively engage with the show. The night will also include a free post-show talk with writer Rhianna Ilube and director Anthony Simpson-Pike, hosted by Assistant Director Taiwo Oyebola.

Afterwards, we’d love for you to join us in our bar, where DJ Shafire will be playing a mixture of soulful classics and soft R&B to set the tone to keep the conversation going.