The Darkest Part of the Night (London)
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The Darkest Part of the Night (London)
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The Darkest Part of the Night (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

About the Show

Zodwa Nyoni’s family drama about siblings who reconnect as adults after the burial of their mother. 

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Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the issues that POC continue to have to navigate with school, NHS, police & work situations daily

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Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
July 22nd, 2022

"Director Nancy Medina could usefully have tightened the play’s focus, but the delineation of the relationships between Dwight, his older sister Shirley, their mother Josephine and father Leroy is beautifully done."
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 23rd, 2022

"I found the evening too hermetic and protracted. ... The social context feels cursory, whether that’s the local community or the wider, then inescapable, presence of the Thatcherite project. More voices in the mix, and a brisker pace, could turn a laudable effort into an exemplary one."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 22nd, 2022

"The play brings up a host of meaty themes, some of which it does not have the time to develop more fully ... The script is occasionally a little unsubtle and too plot-driven."
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The Times (UK)
July 25th, 2022

"It has its rough edges, and there are moments when the political message is delivered by megaphone, yet thanks in part to exceptional performances from a multitasking cast, Zodwa Nyoni’s time-shifting portrait of the relationship between an autistic boy and his older sister holds your attention to the end."
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The Arts Desk
July 23rd, 2022

"A whole season of Play for Today seems to have been packed into a single evening."
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WhatsOnStage
July 22nd, 2022

"Nyoni is a writer who combines a forensic eye for detail with a sharp ear for humour. Through telling the story of one family she is able to pinpoint so many failings in the system down the years. The fact it takes a love so strong in order for Dwight to have even a chance at happiness is perhaps the most heartbreaking thing of all."
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Time Out London
July 22nd, 2022

"The power of this production’s focus on Dwight is realised with an extraordinary performance from Lee Phillips. Excelling in his character, he balances his unease with a genuine love for his family. Heart-wrenching and essential, this is not perfect theatre, but it packs a punch."
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The Stage (UK)
July 25th, 2022

"Black lives are made of multitudes and this piece reflects that. There is a risk, though, that starting this particular conversation so far in the past creates too comfortable a distance from reality."
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