14 Apr 2022 - 14 Apr 2022

Almeida For Free

“Daddy” For Free

By Jeremy O. Harris

Directed By Danya Taymor

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours & 45 mins, incl. an interval
Act I: 55 mins, Interval: 20 mins, Acts II & III: 1 hour 30 mins

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production information

This free performance is exclusively for those aged 25 and under as part of Almeida For Free.

5 Stars Red 2022 200x50
"Nothing short of a masterpiece"
Independent

4 Stars Red 2022 200x50
"Expect the unexpected in this bold, flamboyantly theatrical production"
The Guardian

A young black artist meets an older white art collector.
A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool.
A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

In this Bel Air tale of love and family, intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real.

When it’s summer every day, when even is it?

Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs the UK premiere of “Daddy”, an explosive and blistering melodrama from Jeremy O. Harris, whose play Slave Play received a record 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards.

"One of the most exciting new voices of his generation" - GQ on Jeremy O. Harris

The cast features Terique Jarrett (RSC's The Mirror and the Light), Claes Bang (BBC’s Dracula, The Square) and Sharlene Whyte (ITV's Stephen, Small Axe).

They will be joined by the Olivier Award-nominated John McCrea (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Ioanna Kimbook (The Duchess of Malfi) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag). The gospel choir is played by Rebecca Bernice Amissah, Keisha Atwell and T’Shan Williams.

Dates & Tickets

Unfortunately this performance is sold out. Keep checking back for online returns. We will also have tickets available on the day to hand out from 6.30pm. For the chance to get one of these free tickets please join the queue at the theatre.

Thu 14 Apr 7pm

Tickets are free and exclusive to those aged 25 and under, limited to 2 per person. All attendees must be present at the time of ticket collection and proof of age must be brought to the performance for each ticketholder.

Captioned & Audio Described
This performance will be Captioned and Audio Described. To book and for further information please contact the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

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ALMEIDA FOR FREE EVENTS

Acting Masterclass with Cherrelle Skeete
Sun 10 Apr 11am
An acting masterclass and Q&A with Cherrelle SkeeteMore info>

Cast and Creatives Q&A
Sun 10 Apr 5pm
Join members of the cast and creative team of “Daddy” as they discuss their approaches to this production and their artistic processes. More info>

“Daddy” For Free After Party 
Sun 10 Apr 7pm
Following the Cast and Creatives Q&A, we will be hosting an after party for young people aged 25 and under to meet other artists, featuring DJ Roch From Mars.
More info>

Directing Masterclass with Mumba Dodwell
Thu 14 Apr 11am
A directing masterclass with Mumba Dodwell, Assistant Director for “Daddy” A MelodramaMore info>

Movement Masterclass with Mateus Daniel
Thu 14 Apr 2pm
Mateus Daniel’s movement workshop will be an exploration of release and freedom within movement and music. More info>

Rebecca Bernice Amissah

Gospel Choir

Theatre includes: Guys and Dolls (The Mill at Sonning); King in Concert (Hackey Empire); Suffrageddon (Barbican/ Roundhouse/ West End); Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome); We Are Amused: Prince Charles’s 70th Birthday Celebration (London Palladium); Into the Woods (Chelsea Theatre).

Television includes: Sing: Ultimate A Cappella; The Naked Choir.

Concerts include: A Night with Stratford East Singers; Havering Mayor Variety Show; Sona Jobarteh Fasiah Tour; For the Music (solo show).

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

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"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

"Daddy" Rehearsal Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Additional information

Running time is approx. 2 hours & 45 mins, incl. an interval.
Act I: 55 mins, Interval: 20 mins, Acts II & III: 1 hour 30 mins. Please note that running times may vary during preview performances. Find out more about our running times here.

Due to the nature of the staging, if you are sat in the front two rows of the stalls you may get splashed with water.

CONTENT WARNING
This production contains characters at times using racially violent language, adult themes, male nudity, and scenes of a sexual nature. It also includes flashing lights, latex balloons and the smoking of herbal cigarettes. Recommended for ages 16+.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

There may be filming taking place during this event, please speak to a member of staff on the day if you would prefer not to be filmed.

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"Daddy" is supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts. 
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Cast & Creatives

Writer Jeremy O. Harris 
Director Danya Taymor
Set Designer Matt Saunders
Co-Costume Designers 
Montana Levi Blanco and Peter Todd
Lighting Designer 
Isabella Byrd
Sound Designer and Original Music 
Lee Kinney
Music Supervisor Tim Sutton
Original Vocal Score Darius Smith
Hair and Makeup Designer Cynthia De La Rosa
Choreographer/ Movement Director 
Anjali Mehra
Intimacy and Fight Director 
Yarit Dor
Casting Director Amy Ball
Doll Designer Tschabalala Self
Dialect Coach Brett Tyne
Costume Supervisor Olivia Ward
Assistant Director Mumba Dodwell
Playwright's Assistant Raffi Donatich
Assistant Sound Designer Ali Taie

Cast 
Rebecca Bernice Amissah
Keisha Atwell
Claes Bang
Terique Jarrett
Ioanna Kimbook
John McCrea
Jenny Rainsford
Sharlene Whyte
T’Shan Williams

Artwork photography by Sebastian Nevols. Concept by Émilie Chen.

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