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A National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre co-production.

Enough of Him

Written by May Sumbwanyambe. Directed by Orla O'Loughlin.

Weds 20 to Sat 23 Nov 2024

When freedom is not given, it must be taken.

Based on a true story, Enough of Him explores the life of Joseph Knight, an African man enslaved by plantation owner Sir John Wedderburn and brought to Scotland to serve in his Perthshire mansion.

Highly favoured by Wedderburn and yet still enslaved, Knight balances on the knife edge between obligation and a soul-deep yearning for freedom. He forges a bond with Annie, a young Scottish servant working in the household, and the two of them fall in love.

But the walls of Ballindean do not keep secrets — their affair unsettles Lady Wedderburn, whose bitter loneliness is only deepened by the close bond her husband has with Knight. Joseph will endure bondage no longer. What happens when Joseph’s dreams clash with those of the man who owns him? What becomes of us all when past brutalities bleed into our present realities?

Written by Glasgow-based writer May Sumbwanyambe, this compelling domestic drama is a thrilling exploration of power and its attendant tensions: between those who are enslaved and those who are free, servants and masters, husbands and wives.

Following a critically acclaimed and award-winning Scottish tour in 2022, Enough of Him returns to stages across the country in Autumn 2024.

“a work of searing theatrical imagination and undeniable humanism.”
The Telegraph

“A meticulous and heartfelt production.”
The Scotsman

“Gripping and unsettling.”
The Times

“An uncomfortable and essential history lesson.”
The Stage

“Your breath will catch in this proud moment for Scottish theatre.”
Edinburgh Guide

“a must-see.”
Broadway World