The Gift

The Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Eclipse Theatre present

The Gift

By Janice Okoh Directed by Dawn Walton

Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 January 2020

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: From £8.50

For Sale

An outrageous comic drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation…and tea.

Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go?

The present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess…

The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…

The fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was the sell-out production of Black Men Walking.

The Gift is perfect for anyone who enjoyed our previous co-production with Eclipse, A Raisin in the Sun, or any of our Hidden Histories shows such as: Freeman, Red Snapper, Wipers and Pink Sari Revolution.

Please note: contains strong language and some nudity. Age recommendation: 15+

Sat 18 Jan 7:45pm Limited Availability
Mon 20 Jan 7:45pm
Tue 21 Jan 7:00pm Sold Out
Wed 22 Jan 7:45pm
Thu 23 Jan 2:30pm
Thu 23 Jan 7:45pm
Fri 24 Jan 7:45pm Post-Show Discussion
Sat 25 Jan 2:30pm Limited Availability
Sat 25 Jan 7:45pm Limited Availability

“The Gift is filled to the brim with great writing and good performances.”

The Guardian

“pokes fun at some sharply observed caricatures” ****

The Reviews Hub

“This is a radical play that pulses and writhes with anger… Janice Okoh’s writing and Dawn Walton’s direction are excellent”

Brum Hour

“This complex play covers a vast but nourishing soup of issues that impact… people in the modern world.” ****

Behind the Arras

Season of Love and Belonging unveiled for Autumn 2019

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 8th July 2019

Themes of family, friendship and finding love dominate the Belgrade Theatre’s B2 programme for Autumn 2019, running through shows ranging from Bollywood musica... Read more

Shannon Hayes, Dawn Walton and Donna Berlin with afternoon tea

Royal-Tea: Comedy, class and culture in The Gift

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 14th January 2020

In the court of Queen Victoria, there are many complex rules around class and social interaction, and West African-born princess Sarah Bonetta Davies is determin... Read more

Podcast: Moving Forward with Vicki Igbokwe

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 6th January 2020

Today might be the first day back at work at work for some, but the cast and company of Janice Okoh’s hilarious The Gift have already been back in rehearsals f... Read more

Podcast: Dawn Walton and Janice Okoh discuss The Gift

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 17th December 2019

In our new podcast series, we’re taking a look at Janice Okoh’s searingly funny new play The Gift, which premieres in Coventry from 18-25 Jan as part of Ecli... Read more

Full casting announced for Janice Okoh's The Gift

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 20th November 2019

Eclipse Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre today announce full casting for our upcoming co-production of Janice Okoh’s The Gift, the third show to emerge from Ec... Read more

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