The casting announced for FAMILY TREE as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Actors Touring Company today announces the casting of Family Tree by Mojisola Adebayo. The work in progress, which promises to be one of the highlights of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF), will be featured on seven open-air performances at Charlton House and Gardens from August 27-30. It is presented by ATC, FESTIVAL. ORG and Young Vic from a co-commission by ATC and Young Vic as part of a development process for a full theater in 2022.

The cast includes Michelle Asante (Our Lady of Kibeho – Theater Royal Stratford East, Eclipsed – The Gate Theater), Natasha Cottriall (Future Conditional – The Old Vic, Into the Woods – Royal Exchange, Manchester), Keziah Joseph (The Language of Kindness – UK Tour, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Bridge Theater) and Diana Yekinni (Three Sisters – National Theater, I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole – Complicité).

Family Tree is inspired by the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, whose cells were harvested and cultured without her consent after her death from cervical cancer in the 1950s. So-called HeLa cells have been vital in studying the disease and even contributed to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Using Lacks’ story as a springboard, the work is a powerful exploration around themes of ethics in healthcare, racism, the environment, and a woman’s right to self-reliance on her own. body.

Directed by ATC Artistic Director Matthew Xia, this site-specific open-air production is designed by Sandra Falase (J’Ouvert, Sonia Friedman Prods., Romeo and Juliet – Orange Tree), with music by Fran Rivers ( winner of the Evening Standard Future Theater Fund Award, 2021; Othello, NYT) and the movement of Vicki Igbokwe (founder and creative director of Uchenna Dance, choreographer of mass movements, Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies).

Actors Touring Company Artistic Director MATTHEW XIA says:

“Mojisola Adebayo has created a play that responds to the present moment while taking into account historical professional misconduct. She is fearless, brutally honest, both hilarious and ultimately transformative. This ritual celebration is our way of uplifting, remembering and to learn from those women who have been used in the name of medical progress. “

The performances will take place from August 27 to August 30.


Darcy J. Skinner

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