08 Jul 2021 - 08 Jul 2021

World Premiere

and breathe... - Live Stream

By YOMI ṢODE

Directed By MIRANDA CROMWELL

Running Time: Approx. 1 hour & 30 mins

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production information

Broadcast live from the Almeida Theatre for one night only, experience and breathe... from the comfort of your own home. The performance is followed by a Q&A with Writer Yomi Ṣode and Assistant Director Ewa Dina.

Four Stars New
"This powerful tale of family grief is poetry in motion"
The Guardian

"A virtuoso performance from David Jonsson"
Evening Standard

“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.

Dates & Tickets

Tickets are limited to ensure every viewer receives a high-quality stream.

Thu 8 Jul 7.30pm (BST)
£30 (incl £20 donation*)
£20 (incl £10 donation*)
£10

*The donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply.

Each ticket holder will have access to the same view, regardless of the price you pay. We'd be grateful if you could consider paying close to what you might normally spend on a theatre ticket. Your support is vital to help secure the future of our theatre in the coming year - each and every penny will make a difference.

Booking closes 1 hour before performance start time.

Audio Described Stream
A separate audio described version of the live stream is available to book here. The audio description will be in English. More info>

Captioned Live Stream
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the captioning on the live stream due to our captioner having to self-isolate at short notice. Bookers will be contacted by the Box Office shortly about how you can watch a captioned version of the performance at a later date. If you have any questions please contact boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.

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HOW TO WATCH

The production will be live streamed to the Almeida Theatre website, with ticket holders able to access the performance from the Recordings & Live Streams section of My Account here.

Find FAQs about booking and watching the live stream here.

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

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a pause between the performance and post-show talkback.

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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