The Rolling Stone

Orange Tree

The Rolling Stone

14 Jan 2016 - 20 Feb 2016

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. They should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their families.

But they’re gay and this is Uganda. The consequences of their relationship being discovered will be explosive. Especially for Dembe, whose brother goes into the pulpit each week to denounce the evils of one man loving another.

Winner of a Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013 and first premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in April 2015 to critical acclaim.

An Orange Tree Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production

Ages 14+


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“Lines that sing, slaps that sting and scenes that break your heart... combines the political and personal to phenomenal effect”

Miriam Gillinson (Arts Desk, Time Out)

“Simple, lucid production... a memorably volatile performance from Barek... Rimi is excellent... Omole has a striking gravity. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Deals with the material with delicacy and intelligence... a meaty, believable storyline with some beautifully drawn characters. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Written with visible passion... Its strength lies in its portrait of a family torn apart by conflicting loyalties... Timely. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“An unflinching drama that racks up the tension and contains bursts of real horror. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Taut, splendidly acted production... packs a devastating emotional punch... Insight, wit, stealthily mounting dread. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Powerful drama... Clear-eyed horror and compassion... A scorching, sweat-drenched intensity. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

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