LONDON – This May, the Royal Court presents Selina Thompson’s award-winning, internationally renowned play, salt. Charting her real journey across the Atlantic as she retraces one of the Transatlantic Slave routes, the one woman show stars Rochelle Rose, and is part of the writer’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity.
In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back, and delves into issues of grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of British Black people in the UK today.
Playwright Selina Thompson comments: “I have taken the personal decision to pull back from performing the words I write for the moment. Autobiographical work of this nature recalls experiences in my life that have very specific resonances for me, that make the long term performance of it unsustainable. salt. is an incredibly successful show. We’ve worked hard to generate the national and international profile that it has. It has toured to four continents, won three awards and we want to take this run at the Royal Court as an opportunity to pass on the work to a new performer – and for it to continue to be loved and cared for by others. Rochelle Rose is an incredible performer and I know we will explore the play in a new and exciting way together. We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.”
salt. plays at The Royal Court Theatre from 14th May to 1st June 2019. For more information and tickets, visit their website here