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Family Tree archiveTakes as its inspiration the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman, whose cells were harvested and cultivated without her consent after her death from cervical cancer in the 1950s. The so-called HeLa cells have been vital to studying disease and have even contributed to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Using the Lacks story as a springboard, this site responsive production is a powerful exploration around the themes of ethics in healthcare, racism, the environment and a woman's right to autonomy over her own body.


Author: Mojisola Adebayo

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Archive listings for Family Tree (2023)

Work type: Play.


World Premiere. This staging of Family Tree is co-commissioned and presented by ATC, FESTIVAL.ORG and Young Vic from the co-commission by ATC and Young Vic and is part of the development process for a full theatre run in 2022.Presented byActors Touring Company. Presented byYoung Vic. Presented Director Matthew Xia. Design Sandra Falase. Music Fran Rivers. Director Vicki Igbokwe (movement). Performer Michelle Asante. Performer Natasha Cottriall. Performer Keziah Joseph. Performer Diana Yekinni.
13 Jun 23 to 17 Jun 23The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
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16 May 23 to 20 May 23Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
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27 Apr 23 to 29 Apr 23The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
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5 Apr 23 to 7 Apr 23Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh :: V605
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10 Mar 23 to 18 Mar 23Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
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Producer Actors Touring Company. Producer Belgrade Theatre Coventry (in association with Brixton House). Director Matthew Xia. Design Simon Kenny. Costume Simon Kenny. Lighting Simisola Majekodunmi. Music Francesca Amewudah-Rivers. Sound Francesca Ammewudah-Rivers. Director Sophie Parrott (CDG - casting consultant). Other Wabriya King (drama therapist). Performer Aminita Francis (Henrietta Lacks). Performer Mofetoluwa Akande (Ain / Anarcha / Oshun). Performer Keziah Joseph (Bibi / Bestey). Performer Aimee Powell (Lyn / Lucy). Performer Alistair Hall (Smoking Man).
8 Jun 23 to 10 Jun 23New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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1 Jun 23 to 3 Jun 23Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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26 May 23 to 27 May 23The North Wall, Oxford :: V0818740866
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11 May 23The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick :: V7
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4 May 23 to 6 May 23Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
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12 Apr 23 to 23 Apr 23Brixton House, Outer London :: V1805148744
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