Written and performed by Tatenda Shamiso

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Tue 18 Apr - Sat 06 May 2023

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Following a ★★★★★ run at VAULT Festival, NO I.D. transfers to the Royal Court for a limited three-week run.

“Trans people don’t often get a chance to talk about this bit. Where you see your old self in the person you become.”

Tatenda Shamiso tells the story of his experience as a Black transgender immigrant in the UK. Using the songs he wrote throughout his first year on testosterone alongside letters, signatures and a whole lot of paperwork, he guides us through what it takes to validate Black and queer identities in the eyes of the law.

With laughter, music, and a healthy dose of care, NO I.D. is a love letter to gender transitions and an examination of how absurd our bureaucratic systems can be.

Directed by Sean Ting-Hsuan Wang
Produced by Dylan Marc Verley

Tatenda first wrote and performed NO I.D. for Peckham Fringe before being programmed in Theatre Peckham’s Young, Gifted and Black Season and later, VAULT Festival 2023 as a member of the VAULT Five mentorship programme.

The show has also received support from Brixton House Theatre.

Read interview with Tatenda Shamiso

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"What a gift of a show this is, wrapped up in sincerity, candour and light... a miraculous jewel of hope"

Time Out Read full review

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"Tatenda Shamiso’s beautiful box of tricks blasts bureaucratic box-ticking... it’s magical"

Liam O'Dell Read full review

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"One of the most beautiful and impactful shows I’ve seen this year"

Lost In Theatreland Read full review

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"Tatenda Shamiso makes it unequivocally clear with NO I.D. that he is a creative force to be reckoned with"

All That Dazzles Read full review

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"NO I.D. is Shamiso’s generous ode to the person he once was... radiant and infectious"

The Guardian Read full review

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"Triumphantly lyrical, frank and generously funny... if you just want misery, go somewhere else; this is about hope among the challenges"

The Stage Read full review

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"The writing and performance are beautifully poised, full of revealing complexity"

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Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm

Sat matinees: 3pm 

No performance on Monday 1 May.

Age recommendation: 15+.

Running time: 60 minutes, no interval.

This show contains flashing lights and moments of blackout.

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