Blue \ Orange

Joe Penhall’s multi-award-winning Blue/Orange is a contemporary classic.
Tiata Fahodzi’s radically new all-female production delivers 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?

I came out of Joe Penhall’s new play in a state of hot, black excitement…
The Sunday Times on Blue/Orange on its premiere at the National Theatre in 2000

Tiata Fahodzi was last at the Arcola Theatre in 2005 with its sell-out hit The Gods are not to Blame and returns following their remarkable, Olivier Award nominated, outstanding achievement of Iya-Ile (The First Wife) at Soho Theatre last year.

Femi Elufowoju, jr’s production is exuberant and intense in equal measure … the sheer scope and humanity of the piece is a rare treat.” Time Out (Critics’ Choice) – Iya-Ile

Blue/Orange is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

There will be a post-show discussion after the 3pm performance on Saturday 20 November (co-hosted and sponsored by Tiata Fahodzi’s partners at the Aifya Trust)


Tiata Fahodzi presents the 10th anniversary production of

By Joe Penhall

Cast: Ayesha Antoine, Esther Hall, Helen Schlesinger

Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr
Designed by ULTZ
Soundscape by Simon McCorry
Lighting by Jo Joelson
Casting by Louis Hammond

Running Time:

Part 1: 1 hour 23 min
Interval: 15 min
Part 2: 44 min