Leave Taking (NHB Modern Plays)

 
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In North London, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn't want to be at home; staying out late - 3 p.m.-the-next-day late - is more her thing. Viv scours her schoolbooks trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.

When Enid takes her daughters to the local obeah woman for some traditional Caribbean soul-healing, secrets are spilled. There's no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.

Two generations. Three incredible women. Winsome Pinnock's play Leave Taking is an epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.

A beautifully observed, moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures.

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Devastatingly powerful... Hums with tenderness [and] enormous humanity... why Winsome Pinnock's play isn't on the English Literature syllabus is a mystery to me, given its shocking contemporary relevance. --Time Out

A beautiful, humourous and often impossibly sad portrayal of the immigrant experience... Pinnock's dialogue is a subtle marvel, offering all the poetry and rhythm of the Jamaican accent, where phrases sing with layers of meaning. It is a brilliantly wrought piece of drama... though the play is timely, it is also timeless, and paints a subtle, nuanced portrait of mothers and daughters... A symphony of a cracked, struggling family in a world that offers little. But there's joy and love here too and it speaks to all. --WhatsOnStage

There are few plays in British theatre that speak so directly, resonantly and truthfully to the experience of the black woman. Winsome Pinnock's first full-length play does this with such profound eloquence - it is rousing to watch... Leave Taking is timely in its politics, yet timeless in its themes. --The Stage

Three decades since its debut Winsome Pinnock's pioneering portrayal of the lives of black Britons feels shockingly contemporary... Pinnock was a pioneer and her piece still hits home through its often shocking honesty about the hazards facing black people in Britain. --Guardian

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Winsome Pinnock is an award-winning British playwright of Jamaican heritage.

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