I See You

Royal Court

I See You

25 Feb 2016 - 26 Mar 2016

£20.00 - £20.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

I don’t need your sorries white boy, yes. You heard right. You know white people think we are the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black

Post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark.

Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn’t know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can’t let it go.

Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.

Based on a real encounter.



To follow the work of anyone in this show, click a name and select Follow. Any new work will show up in your personalised Feed and Notifications.

“Dumezweni makes her directorial debut with an intelligent and gripping play about contemporary South Africa. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Classy production of a punchy piece... infused with the mounting tension of a thriller... The ensemble cast is impressive. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Disturbingly plausible... Mongiwekhaya reminds us that language is political, wordplay not always playful. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“[Dumezweni] directs a fine cast with a taut, thriller-ish minimalism that keeps it gripping. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Ugly snapshot of the racial and cultural schisms in Mandela’s Rainbow Nation.. Simply staged production crackles with unease. ”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“It is very clever the way this play confuses us, only to untangle it a bit later... Part thriller, part identity crisis. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Directed with a restrained punchy power... The staging implicates us.... Gripping and beautifully acted. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“One is aware of the message wagging the dog of a scenario that ought to generate more tension than it does. ”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

Reviews (0)