19 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

and breathe... + Poetry Night

By YOMI ṢODE

Directed By MIRANDA CROMWELL

Running Time: TBC

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production information

Ticketholders to this performance of and breathe... are invited to stay afterwards for a Poetry and Spoken Word event hosted by Yomi Ṣode, with performers including JJ Bola, Jeremiah BrownDillon, and Jake Wild Hall.

“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

Sat 19 Jun 7.30pm
£10, £20, £30

CONCESSIONS
All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. For full information click here.

Access
D/deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £20 by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

25 & Under
£5 tickets are available to those aged 25 and under. Enter the promo code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Book here.

Students, Under 30s, Over 65s, & Unemployed
If you are any of the above you can book top-priced tickets for £20.

Islington First
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25, subject to availability. Enter the promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here.

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.

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

and breathe... Rehearsals (Photos by Isha Shah)

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.

Running time TBC. 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
Assistant Director Ewa Dina

Cast
David Jonsson

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