Arcola Theatre presents

Until The Flood

Written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Neel Keller


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