by Selina Thompson

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Tue 14 May - Sat 01 Jun 2019

On Monday 20 May all tickets are £12 and will go onsale online at 9am on the day.
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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, Afro-pessimism, 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
A Q&A event with writer Selina Thompson in conversation with Rachael Young. 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.

And we run participation projects alongside all our productions. If you run or are part of a group that feel underrepresented in the arts and want to learn more about accessing the Royal Court, email


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.

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"This is in every sense a work of art."

The Times | Sam Marlowe Read full review

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"A spiritual diasporic journey."

WhatsOnStage | Nicole Acquah Read full review

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"A vivid, intimate style of storytelling and an unsparingly raw brand of humour."

Evening Standard | Henry Hitchings Read full review

★ ★ ★ ★

"A remarkable piece of theatre."

Time Out | Andrzej Lukowski Read full review

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"It is a phenomenal piece of writing."

The Upcoming | Connor Campbell Read full review

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"It has the force of ritual."

Financial Times | Sarah Hemming Read full review

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"Offers the gift of seeing the world through different eyes."

The Guardian l Lyn Gardner (from 2017) Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm

Thu & Sat mats: 3pm (from 23 May)

Captioned: Fri 31 May 7.45pm

Relaxed Environment: Sat 25 May 7:45pm

Running time: approx. 85 minutes with no interval

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Age Guidance: 14+


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