03 Jul 2021 - 03 Jul 2021

Almeida For Free

and breathe... For Free

By YOMI ṢODE

Directed By MIRANDA CROMWELL

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours

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production information

These two free performances are for those aged 25 and under as part of Almeida For Free.

“I was a bunch of O’s as if I was giving birth to this grief”

Though we sense the moods of those closest to us in breaths, are we really listening?

We think we are, and later we realise that we never heard a thing.

Centring on the loss of a beloved matriarch, and breathe... explores family relationships, bonding and culture. This deeply personal and poetic play tackles the unspoken, between what we leave unsaid to protect each other and how we internalise the world.

Yomi ode is a Nigerian British writer, performer, and facilitator. He is a recipient of the Jerwood Compton Poetry fellowship 2019 and was recently shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021. He has read his work internationally at various festivals and performed his debut solo show (COAT) to sold-out audiences. His debut poetry collection, Manorism, will be published in spring 2022 by Penguin Press.

This World Premiere production will be performed by actor David Jonsson (BBC2’s Industry) who was due to star in “Daddy” A Melodrama at the Almeida last year, and is directed by the Olivier Award-winning director Miranda Cromwell (Young Vic’s Death of a Salesman). Featuring music composed and performed live by Femi Temowo.

View all events part of Almeida For Free here.

Dates & Tickets

Unfortunately these performances are sold out. Keep checking the booking page here for online returns. We will also have some tickets available on the day. For the opportunity to get one of these free tickets join the returns queue at the theatre from half an hour before the performance.

Saturday 3 July
3.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets are free and exclusive to those aged 25 and under, limited to 2 per person. Please bring proof of age to the performance.

Captioned & Audio Described
The 3.30pm afternoon performance will be Captioned and Audio Described by VocalEyes. There is also a Touch Tour at 2pm. To book and for further information please contact the Box Office on 020 7359 4404. Listen to an introduction to the production here.

Post-Show Q&A
Book for the 3.30pm performance and stay for a post-show panel discussion with writer Yomi Ṣode and director Miranda Cromwell as they discuss their collaboration on and breathe...

Poetry Night
Book for the 7.30pm performance and stay for a post-show Poetry Night hosted by Yomi Ṣode, with performances from special guest artists Tolu Agbelusi, AKS, Casey Bailey, Ewa Dina, and Gboyega Odubanjo.

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

and breathe... Production Photos (by Isha Shah & Marc Brenner)

Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British writer, performer, and facilitator. He is a recipient of the Jerwood Compton Poetry fellowship 2019 and was recently shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021. He has read his work internationally at various festivals and performed his debut solo show (COAT) to sold-out audiences. His debut poetry collection, MANORISM will be published in spring 2022 by Penguin Press.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.

The performance running time is approximately 2 hours. Find out more about our running times here.

CONTENT WARNING
and breathe... contains references to cancer, and is recommended for ages 13+. Read more here about our production guidance and warnings or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk if you have specific concerns or questions.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the production, the Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Visit their website here or call 0808 808 00 00.

Cast & Creatives

By Yomi Ṣode
Direction Miranda Cromwell
Light Paule Constable
Sound Tony Gayle
Video Ravi Deepres
Composer & Musician Femi Temowo
Design Consultant Miriam Buether
Costume Claire Wardroper
Voice Coach Hazel Holder
Assistant Director Ewa Dina

Cast
David Jonsson

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