Janice Okoh's

The Gift

Janice Okoh

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

The Linbury Studio Theatre

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Relaxed Performance Guide

Wednesday 7 February, 7:15pm
Friday 9 February, 7:15pm
Saturday 10 February, 2:15pm*
Monday 12 February, 7:15pm
Tuesday 13 February, 2:15pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes (including an interval).

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen's circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa, but will she go? The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman living in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess. The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won't be your regular tea party...

An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation - and tea.

This is an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour is a writer and director who began her career in 2012, training as a theatre director through the Young Vic Directors Programme. She went on to train on the National Theatre's Director's course in 2017 and as an artistic director on the tiata fahodzi led Artistic Director Leadership Programme. She was also an Associate Director at Theatre 503 (Aug 2019 to May 2021) and went on to work alongside Stephen Williams on the Searchlight feature film Chevalier, which had its UK release in June 2023.

She is also an Artistic Director of Wrested Veil, a production company that unveils stories that explore truth and the human story behind real world issues, in order to spark change.

Janice Okoh is an award-winning playwright. Her first play Egusi Soup was produced in 2012 by Menagerie Theatre/Soho Theatre and went on a national tour in 2014 with Menagerie/ Theatre Royal Bury St Edmonds as producers. It won a Channel 4 Playwriting Award in 2017.

Her second play, Three Birds, won the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate and Alfred Fagon awards in that same year. It was produced in 2013. Okoh's play The Gift opened at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in January 2020 before moving on to the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

She has also written for radio, including an adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses.

This play contains adult content, including references of racial abuse and violence, blood and injury detail, explicit and discriminatory language (including that around race), and references to enslavement.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour*

Ruth Badila*

Lighting Designer/Prod Lx
George Rogers

Sound Designer
Maia Thompson

Voice Director
Aundrea Fudge*

Movement Director
Maria Clarke*


Fight Director
Sam Lyon-Behan*

Intimacy Director
Asha Jennings-Grant*

Costume Supervisor
Sesselja Fanneyjardottir*

Wardrobe Assistant
Laura Quigley*

Assistant Director
Irina Mikheeva


Reverend Venn
Josh Beckman

Harriet Waller
Yanina Clifton

Ro Florence

Tamarra Graham

Sarah Bonetta
Amanda Ibadin

James Davies/James
Abimbola Ikengboju

Benjamin Raymant

Queen Victoria
Mimi Harlow Robinson

Mrs Schoen
Suzanne van Maurik

Production Team

Stage Manager
Anya Williams

Assistant Stage Manager
Abigail Brophy

Production Manager
Elisabetta Perrotta

Production Sound Engineer
Isabel Buchanan