debbie tucker green’s random and generations are directed by Tinuke Craig in a double-bill, running at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 4 May – 2 June.
Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents. random is an extraordinary play for one actress, whilst the generations company includes a South African choir.
Petra Letang – best known for EastEnders and Holby City, and whose many theatre credits include debbie tucker green’s truth and reconciliation at the Royal Court – makes her Chichester debut, playing the solo role of ‘Sister’ in random.
In generations, Laurietta Essien, Derek Ezenagu, Okon Jones, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Wela Mbusi, Kudzai Sitima and Cleo Sylvestre are joined by the South African Cultural Choir (Maneli Hawley, Luyanda Lennox Jezile, Prudence Dineo Jezile, Sibusiso Mhlanga, Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya, Nickson Nkomo, Nokulunga N. Zikhali and Jabulile Zulu).
‘never trouble trouble til trouble trouble you’. But trouble does arrive. And changes everything.
This blistering play, told through the eyes of a young woman, explores the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act.
In the cradle of their South African family, Boyfriend and Girlfriend are beginning their lives together, just as Mama and Dad, and Grandad and Nana, did before them. Until, one by one, family members start to disappear.
A playwright, screenwriter and director, debbie tucker green is one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. She won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004 for born bad, and the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama for the television version of random.
Both plays are directed by Tinuke Craig, making her Chichester debut. Winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Director Award and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre 2015-2016, her credits include debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly at the Young Vic.
random and generations will be designed by Alex Lowde, with lighting by Joshua Drualus Pharo, sound by Emma Laxton and movement by Morgann Runacre Temple; the choir leader will be Luyanda Lennox Jezile.
random / generations is sponsored by Bishops Printers.
Pre-Show Talk with Tinuke Craig Wednesday 9 May, 6pm
Free but booking essential.
Post-Show Talk Wednesday 23 May
Stay after the performance to ask questions, meet company members and discover more. Free.
The Art of Trouble Saturday 26 May, 11am
A screening of work inspired by themes from random / generations. These visual poems are the culmination of a film project devised, written, directed, produced and performed by local young people with trouble on their minds. Free.
Box Office 01243 781312
Tickets from £20. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.