Woke (4 stars)

Woke

New story about the 20th-century African-American experience from Apphia Campbell.

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Play the Spotlight Theatre presents WOKE

FRI 5 OCT AT 7.30PM

From the creator of the hit show Black Is The Color Of My Voice comes a new story about the 20th Century African American experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, two women, 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights.

One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, Ambrosia a present-day university student enrolling as the 2014 Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?

Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

SHOW LENGTH: 60 MINUTES (NO INTERVAL)

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Tour dates 2019

At 2 venues:

Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11

Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Thu 20 Jun

Member's Bar

£12.50 (£10; Children £10) / 020 7223 2223

Fri 21 Jun

Member's Bar

£12.50 (£10; Children £10) / 020 7223 2223

Sat 22 Jun

£10–£12.50 / 020 7223 2223

  • 20:00
Member's Bar

£12.50 (£10; Children £10) / 020 7223 2223

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ

Tue 13 Aug

Wine Bar

£13 (£12) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 16 Aug

Wine Bar

£14 (£13) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Wine Bar

£14 (£13) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Wine Bar

£13 (£12) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

Wine Bar

£14 (£13) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 25 Aug

Wine Bar

£14 (£13) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reviews & features

Woke

12 Aug 20174 stars

Formidable one-woman show exposing the archaic American justice system

Written by Apphia Campbell (Black is the Colour of My Voice) and Meredith Yarbrough, Woke is a split narrative following two black women, decades apart. Ambrosia has just moved to St Louis, in the months following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Apphia Campbell — 'I wanted to make a piece that transcends race and focuses on the root of the problem: the system'

27 Jul 2017

Returning to the Fringe with Woke, a show about the Black Panthers and prejudice that she hopes will change perceptions

In 2014, Apphia Campbell's Black is the Colour of My Voice introduced an exciting performer and writer who is capable of connecting the struggle for human rights with its contemporary and historical context: with Woke, Campbell returns to the Fringe as…

Reviews from 2018

Reviews from 2017

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