Eclipse Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry

The Gift

Written 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.

Age Guidance: 15+
Contains nudity and strong language


“A must-see piece of theatre.”

Broadway World

"A bold exploration of black Britishness that is as agonising as it is funny.”


"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."


The Gift

21 February 2020 - 8:00 pm
22 February 2020 - 2:00 pm
22 February 2020 - 8:00 pm

Full Price: £18
Concessions: £14
Members: 15% off

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