Rockets and Blue Lights

Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
Rockets and Blue Lights
Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
Our Review 4 / 5

On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history. Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.

Moving between London past and present, we embark on a powerfully personal voyage through time.

Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award.

Previews from |
25th August 2021
Opening date |
2nd September 2021
Closes |
9th October 2021
Categories |
Winsome Pinnock
Miranda Cromwell
Cast list:
Anthony Aje, Paul Bradley, Karl Collins, Kiza Deen, Rochelle Rose, Matthew Seadon-Young, Kudzai Sitima, Cathy Tyson, Everal A Walsh, Luke Wilson

Dorfman - National Theatre Venue Information

Dorfman - National Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, Ground South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:
Waterloo, Southwark, Embankment

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Our Review of Rockets and Blue Lights


Two women look at a painting by J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship. We can see the painting only through their descriptions: the blood-red sky, the churning waves, the faceless bodies half-submerged in the sea. It is, as playwright Winsome Pinnock has characters meditate at several points in the play, a scene that is all world and no people: the ship, the sky, the ocean. The enslaved people being thrown to their deaths over the side of the ship are deliberately obscured. Read more

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