The Whip archiveBut the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved. As morality and cunning compete amongst men thirsty for power, two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say. As the 19th Century dawns in London, politicians of all parties gather to abolish the slave trade once and for all. In this provocative new play, directed by Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017; As You Like It, 2019), the personal collides with the political to ask what is the right thing to do and how much must it cost?


Michael Abubakar (Chorus), Richard Clothier (Alexander Boyd), Nicholas Gerard-Martin (William Purnell), David Birrell (Lord Maybourne), John Cummins (Cornelius Hyde Villiers), Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (Chorus), Debbie Korley (Mercy Pryce), Corey Montague-Sholay (Edmund), Riad Richie (The Speaker/Chorus), Tom McCall (Anthony Bradshaw Cooper), Katherine Pearce (Horatia Poskitt), Bridgitta Roy (Chorus)


Author: Juliet Gilkes Romero
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Director(s): Kimberley Sykes, Coral Messam (movement director), Kev McCurdy (fight director)
Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting: Ciaran Bagnall
Costume: Nicky Shaw
Music: Akintayo Akinbode
Sound: Claire Windsor
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The Whip

The Whip (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0650076339. Details of all The Whip archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S893329983

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