The Gift

Eclipse Theatre & Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Thu 27 — Sat 29 Feb

at Theatre Royal

by Janice Okoh
Directed by Dawn Walton

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

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 staying 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…

The fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was the sell-out production of Black Men Walking and the second, the highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler.

Please Note: This performance has 3 acts.

While these are all heavy topics, they’re delivered through absurd comedy, with each one-liner that makes the audience howl packing a fierce punch with it. [...] It’s history, but not as you know it.


The more you dig your nails into The Gift the more it reveals, and the more it hurts. Dawn Walton’s production embraces levels, layers and structures that go beyond words.

Exeunt Magazine

Could be one of the landmark plays of our time.

Leamington Courier

The company making strides in telling black Britain’s lost stories.

The Stage

Filled to the brim with great writing and good performances.

The Guardian

Booking Information

Thu 27 Feb at 7:30pm Book Now!
Fri 28 Feb at 7:30pm Book Now!
Sat 29 Feb at 3:00pm Book Now!
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