A Sister co-production


by Ava Wong Davies

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Thu 09 Feb - Sat 11 Mar 2023

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‘There was a cliff on the horizon. I didn’t know, but then again, maybe I did, and I just didn’t want to look.’

She meets him at an old friend’s barbecue, ketchup dribbling down her chin, face ruddy from too much beer. He stands away from everyone else, beautiful and aloof. Their stories couldn’t be more different, but they flirt, and then they fall in love.

Everything is perfect, until it isn’t. Or maybe it never was.

‘I didn’t — 
I don’t — 
Believe in love at first sight. 
But it feels like I am falling. 
What else would you call that?’  

Ava Wong Davies’s new play is directed by Anna Himali Howard with Izzy Rabey and was developed as part of an Introduction to Playwriting group at the Royal Court.

Winner of the 2022 Ambassador Theatre Group Playwright’s Prize in association with Platform Presents.

Graceland is a co-production with SISTER.

Post-show Talk Tue 21 Feb

A Q&A with writer Ava Wong Davies. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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'Enthralling from beginning to end'

Nick Curtis, Evening Standard Read full review

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'It is a deft and unblinking inverted love story, slippery and delicately savage'

Sam Marlowe, The Stage Read full review

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'A beautiful convincing story acted out wonderfully by Wu'

Michelle Knight, North West End

'Wong Davies is a delicate and thoughtful writer... there is daring in telling this explosive story so quietly'

Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

'Beautifully written... showcases every complicated layer of human relationships'

Erifyli Gigante, A Young(ish) Perspective

'Wong Davies’s script is elegantly lyrical in language'

Anya Ryan, Time Out

'Compelling... sucks us in from the get-go'

Holly O'Mahony, Culture Whisper

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Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm (except 15 Feb, 7pm)

Thu & Sat matinees: 3pm (from 18 Feb) 

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 75 minutes, with no interval and no re-entry.

This show contains haze and moments of smoke and full blackout. Please see Content Warnings below for more information.

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Captioned: Fri 3 Mar, Fri 10 Mar at 7:45pm

Relaxed Environment: Sat 11 Mar at 3pm

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