Arcola wins Fringe First Award for UNTIL THE FLOOD

Arcola Theatre’s production of Until The Flood, Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful one-woman play about the Ferguson community in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, has been awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award.

Fringe Firsts are awarded by The Scotsman newspaper during the Edinburgh Festival. They recognise the staging of bold and adventurous new work, and celebrate the finest new writing.

Until The Flood is Arcola Theatre’s first ever production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It has received five-star and four-star reviews across the board during its run at the Traverse Theatre, and has played to sold-out audiences.

The production will transfer to Arcola Theatre in London from 4-28 September 2019, as the first in Arcola’s Autumn season of plays.

Until The Flood is directed by Neel Keller, with design by Takeshi Kata, costume by Kaye Voyce, lighting by Mary Louise Geiger, sound by Justin Ellington, video by Nicholas Hussong, and production coordination by Geoff Hense.


A selection of reviews for Until The Flood:

★★★★★ “Searing and immaculate … superbly performed” (The Scotsman)

★★★★★ “A masterful performance … bold, moving and timely” (The List)

★★★★ “With a single item of clothing and a subtle shifting of her limbs, Orlandersmith transforms” (The Guardian)

★★★★ “A revelation” (The Times)

★★★★ “A beautifully measured solo tour de force” (The Telegraph)

★★★★ “Deeply humane … moving and important” (The Evening Standard)

★★★★ “Until the Flood is never less than absorbing – and frequently illuminating” (The Independent) 

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