Is God Is
Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk.
“I wanna step on somethin for once. See what it feel like. Must feel good.”
When a letter arrives from the mother they thought was dead, 21 year old twins Racine and Anaia travel from the Dirty South to the California desert and a yellow house with teal shutters.
They are on a mission to avenge her past and ready to take down anyone who stands in their way.
“We ain’t killers”
“How you figure that? … Iss in the blood.”
Aleshea Harris’ revenge tale about two women seeking justice and taking control of their own narratives, has received the Relentless Award and Obie Award for Playwriting. The UK Premiere will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director Ola Ince.
'A theatre production that has the audience gasping aloud in genuine shock is a rare thing, but Is God Is achieves it (and then some).'
Isobel Lewis, The Independent Read full review
'Tarantinoesque bloodshed meets Greek tragedy in Aleshea Harris’s daring drama about a voyage of vengeance.'
Arifa Akbar, The Guardian Read full review
'This is a blast - a splashy American revenge comedy with a cartoonish vibe and a high body count.'
Nick Curtis, Evening Standard Read full review
'It’s thrilling theatre, packed with inventive panache: incendiary.'
Sam Marlowe, The i Paper Read full review
'A gripping exercise in authorial power, as swift and thrilling as anything an ancient deity could muster up. '
Alice Saville, Financial Times Read full review
'It is an unforgettably original evening, the announcement of a playwright who reaches British stages garlanded with awards. On this showing, all are deserved.'
Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage Read full review
'Harris is a force of her own. Beyond the pulp fiction influences, there is something undoubtedly prophetic and profound here.'
Jonathan Marshall, The Upcoming Read full review
'Harris summons a language – absurd, fantastical, studiously mundane at times – that is entirely unique.'
Tim Bano, The Stage Read full review
'There is too much to say, praise, unpick… the only solution is to go and see Is God Is for yourself.'
Eve Newstead, The Reviews Hub Read full review
'Ola Ince’s superb production brings out the play’s twisted psychology.'
Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk Read full review
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Thu & Sat matinees: 3pm (from 18 Sep)
Running time is 90 minutes, no interval.
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Watch alongside What If If Only by Caryl Churchill: What If If Only opens on 29 Sep with performances Mon – Sat at 6pm and Fri 8, 15 & 22 Oct at 10pm. See both productions in one evening and save.
Captioned: Wed 6, 13, 20 Oct at 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 23 Oct at 7.30pm (Touch Tour 6.45pm)
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