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9 January–9 February 2019

Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Ellis present

Stop and Search

by Gabriel Gbadamosi

Directed by Mehmet Ergen
Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Ellis presents

Stop and Search

by Gabriel Gbadamosi

Directed by Mehmet Ergen

Now playing until 9 Feb

Latecomers will not be permitted due to the staging of the show

When lines blur between conversation and interrogation. Three conversations grow increasingly uneasy.

A new play by award-winning writer Gabriel Gbadamosi, exploring a time of distrust and our deep ambivalence about the ways we police each other.

‘The play opens the question of why a tactic aimed at policing drugs, violence and terrorism (and that stops seven black people for every one white person) has grown into a flashpoint for wider, and deeper, flaws in a volatile and frightened social psyche.’ (Gbadamosi)

Gabriel Gbadamosi is an Irish-Nigerian poet and playwright. His theatre credits include Eshu’s Faust (Jesus College, Cambridge), Hotel Orpheu (Schaubühne, Berlin), Shango (DNA, Amsterdam); and for radio, The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 – winner of the first Richard Imison Award. Gbadamosi’s novel Vauxhall won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize and Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair.

Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre Mehmet Ergen is an award-winning director. His recent theatre credits for the company include Richard III, BlissThe Cherry OrchardDronesBabyDrones, An Enemy of the PeopleThe Cradle Will Rock and Clarion.

Join us after the show…

Post-show Discussion | Saturday 2nd February (evening): Stop and Search actor Tyler Luke Cunningham will host a panel discussion with Zachary Hing and Jo Clifford exploring the representation of trans* people and artists in UK theatre and media; and the self-generated work looking at how to re-write the narrative.

Relaxed Performance | Wednesday 6 February, 8pm: A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions or anyone with sensory and communication disorders. Babes in arms are also welcome to relaxed performances.


Munashe Chirisa


Tyler Luke Cunningham


David Kirkbride


Shaun Mason


Jessye Romeo



Gabriel Gbadamosi


Mehmet Ergen


Eleanor Bull

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Daniel Balfour

Associate Director

Gemma Aked-Priestly

Production Assistant

Siar Kanik
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 8pm
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm

Press night: Monday 14 January 2019, 7pm

Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 6 February, 8pm


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Latecomers will not be admitted due to the staging of the show.

    Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of a sexual nature
    Flashing/strobe lights
    Loud noises
    Suggestions of intoxication

    Suitable for 16+

    Press enquiries: Freya Cowdry —

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