A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.
Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.
It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards.
This show is what they brought back.
“We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.“
Part of artist Selina Thompson’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity, the award-winning salt. focuses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.
Winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award
Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and Playing with Form
Winner of the Filipa Braganca Award for Best Female Solo Performance
Selina Thompson’s previous work at the Royal Court includes: Chewing the Fat (Beyond the Court). Director Dawn Walton returns to the Royal Court after bringing Black Men Walking here earlier this year.
The Big Idea: Post-Show Talk | Tue 21 May
Writer and performer Selina Thompson in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
We’re continually working to engage new audiences.
Every Monday all tickets are £12. These go on sale at 9am on the day so even if advanced tickets have sold out, there’s still a chance to see the production at a reduced price.
We also offer a limited number of Young Court Friends £15 tickets for all performances at the Royal Court. Young Court Friends is a free membership scheme for Under 26s. Click here to join.
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Commissioned by MAYK, Theatre Bristol and Yorkshire Festival. Supported by Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous donors who funded our voyage across the Atlantic.
"Offers the gift of seeing the world through different eyes."
The Guardian l Lyn Gardner Read full review
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- Concessions Preview Press Night Captioned Show all
Tue 14 May 7.45pm
Thu 16 May 7.45pm
Fri 17 May 7.45pm
Sat 18 May 7.45pm
Mon 20 May 7.45pm
All seats for this performance are £12 and will be released online at 9am on the day of the show.
Tue 21 May 7.45pm
The Big Idea: Post show discussion with Selina Thompson
Wed 22 May 7.45pm
Thu 23 May 7.45pm
Fri 24 May 7.45pm
Sat 25 May 7.45pm
This performance will be presented in a relaxed environment. More information can be found at royalcourttheatre.com/performance-relaxed-environment/
Tue 28 May 7.45pm
Wed 29 May 7.45pm
Thu 30 May 7.45pm
Sat 1 Jun 7.45pm