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Cherrelle Skeete

The Long Song

A new adaptation by Suhayla El-Bushra
Based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20

Overview

But stay if you wish to hear the truth.

‘You do not know me yet but I am the heroine of this drama. I am told that here I must give a taste of what is to unfold. I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent days of slavery and the early years of freedom.

‘I was born a slave upon a sugar plantation named Amity. I was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and when slavery was declared no more. It tells of my mama Kitty, of the negroes enslaved, of Caroline Mortimer the woman who owned me. I am to say that it is a true and thrilling journey through that unsettled time.

‘Cha, I say, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just see it for themselves.’

The Long Song is adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel by Suhayla El-Bushra, formerly writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio and whose work includes The Suicide (NT), Arabian Nights (Lyceum, Edinburgh), and Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge.

Director Charlotte Gwinner was Associate Director at the Bush Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres 2014-16, where her productions included Waiting for Godot, the Sarah Kane season and The Distance.

Cherrelle Skeete plays July; her theatre credits include Fun Home (Young Vic), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End) and Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), while screen work includes the forthcoming Hanna series 2.

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Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Cherrelle Skeete Bw.

    Cherrelle Skeete

    July
  • Maggie Service Bw 1.

    Maggie Service

    Caroline

Creative team

Charlotte Gwinner

Director

Alex Lowde

Designer

Mark Doubleday

Lighting Designer

Michael Henry

Musical Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Additional Composition

Helen Skiera

Sound Designer

Dick Straker

Video Designer

Rachael Nanyonjo

Movement Director

Charlotte Sutton with Chandra Ruegg

Casting Director

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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Nights£20£30
All other performances£28£39
Friends Festival Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
Friends : £2 off non-Saver tickets
Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
£5 Prologue Tickets available for 16-25 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
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All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Content and Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us at marketing@cft.org.uk

The Long Song
Language       Racially offensive language prevalent at the period
Nudity             None anticipated
Violence         Corporal punishment, gunshots, death by suicide and hanging
Themes          Slavery, scenes of a sexual nature and childbirth

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