“Keep your social racial distance please” intones a robotic announcement repeatedly in the opening moments of this electrifying new monologue by Roy Williams and Clint Dyer. This is not a play about the pandemic, but it is thrillingly plugged in to our current extraordinary moment, with all its division, anger, and fear, all its ripping away of certainties and its fragile hope for the future. Opening night was also closing night, thanks to lockdown. For those who were there,... Read more
Performances of Death of England will return at the National Theatre in spring 2021. Read here for more information.
A family in mourning. A man in crisis.
After the death of his dad, Michael is powerless and angry.
In a state of heartbreak, he confronts the difficult truths about his father’s legacy and the country that shaped him.
At the funeral, unannounced and unprepared, Michael decides it is time to speak.
Michael Balogun performs this fearless one-person play which asks explosive and enduring questions about identity, race and class in Britain. It is written for him by Roy Williams and Clint Dyer who becomes the first black British artist to have performed, written and directed a full-scale production at the National Theatre.
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Our Review of Death of England: Delroy
Back in 2005, I interviewed Clint Dyer when his production of a musical called The Big Life was about to transfer from Stratford East to the Apollo Theatre, and he became the first black British director to direct a musical in the West End. As he told me then: "The wonderful thing about being black in this country is that as a black person you have an amazing opportunity to be the first at a lot of things." Read more