blue/orangeautumn 2010, Arcola Theatre
The 10th Anniversary Production
Joe Penhall’s multi-award-winning blue/orange is a contemporary classic.
tiata fahodzi’s radically new all-female production delivered a uniquely African perspective.
blue/orange is a passionate, witty and ultimately devastating exploration of institutional politics, mental health and race. Unfolding like a game of human chess the drama centres on a patient alternately bewildering and beguiling her medical consultants. Her stories of a damaged childhood in thrall to Idi Amin and a precarious urban London upbringing are plausible but are they true? Is it more dangerous to keep her inside than to set her free?
Presented in partnership with Afiya Trust, at the Arcola Theatre.
Henry Hitchings/ Evening Standard
“a major reappraisal … The performances do justice to the excellence of Penhall’s writing …” ****
Tom Wicker/ musicOMH
“…this latest production of Blue/Orange is a triumph. A strong cast and simple yet effective staging bring out the fire in Penhall’s words.” ****
Dominic Maxwell/ The Times
“… a stimulating evening … the play’s punchline still stings.” ***