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.


Author: Juliet Gilkes Romero
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Archive listings for The Whip

Work type: Play.


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?Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Kimberley Sykes. Design Ciaran Bagnall. Lighting Ciaran Bagnall. Costume Nicky Shaw. Music Akintayo Akinbode. Sound Claire Windsor. Director Coral Messam (movement director). Director Kev McCurdy (fight director). Performer Michael Abubakar (Chorus). Performer Richard Clothier (Alexander Boyd). Performer Nicholas Gerard-Martin (William Purnell). Performer David Birrell (Lord Maybourne). Performer John Cummins (Cornelius Hyde Villiers). Performer Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (Chorus). Performer Debbie Korley (Mercy Pryce). Performer Corey Montague-Sholay (Edmund). Performer Riad Richie (The Speaker/Chorus). Performer Tom McCall (Anthony Bradshaw Cooper). Performer Katherine Pearce (Horatia Poskitt). Performer Bridgitta Roy (Chorus).
1 Feb 20 to 17 Mar 20Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L0165693497

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