WINNER OF THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD AND THE STAGE EDINBURGH AWARD.
Missouri, 2014. Michael Brown, a black teenager, is shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.
A tidal wave of unrest sweeps across the nation, powered by a new activist movement called Black Lives Matter. Its ripples are felt all over the world.
In this gripping and revelatory drama, based on real-life interviews from the aftermath of the shooting, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman, Young Vic) journeys into the heart and soul of modern-day America.
Confronting the powerful forces of history, race and politics, she embodies the many faces of a community rallying for justice, and a country still yearning for change.
Also playing at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
★★★★★ “Searing and immaculate ... superbly performed” – The Scotsman
★★★★★ “A masterful performance ... bold, moving and timely” – The List
★★★★★ “Orlandersmith cleverly escalates the emotional intensity in the room through each story, each account, each remark” – Miro Magazine
★★★★ “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
★★★★ “Sensitively directed by Neel Keller and features a commanding performance from Orlandersmith.” – The Stage
★★★★ “Quietly devastating ... fascinating, moving” – Time Out
★★★★ “Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller, is terrific ... when she stands on stage there is a commanding, amazing grace” – WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “The metamorphosis [Orlandersmith] achieves in her performances as these eight characters is mesmerising” – The Skinny
★★★★ “A sweeping state-of-the-nation play ... fluid and flowing” – Fest Magazine
★★★★ “Orlandersmith gives a strong, commanding performance and captivates” – The Wee Review
★★★★ “A deeply moving response to an agonisingly significant chapter in the history of race in America” – The Herald
★★★★ “Each character is compelling—fully drawn and richly performed” – Across The Arts
“Orlandersmith morphs into each character with a shift of her body weight, the throw of a shawl and a quiet, restrained grace.” – Lyn Gardner (Stagedoor)
“An urgent moral inquest” – The New York Times (Critics' Pick)
“A poetic plea for understanding and peace that ought to be heard all across the land” – Theatermania