Passing is a new play written by Indigo Griffiths and directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley, that exposes the controversial practice of “racial passing” – the use of skin colour as a form of social currency:
Chicago. 1941. Joey, John and Eliza are siblings, but their lives are about to take different paths. Joey is embracing the New Negro Movement, John is breaking barriers at college and Eliza is preparing to pass as white. In a world where everything is determined by race, what can you gain by concealing who you are, and more importantly what can you lose?
Passing is an epic family drama that provokes thought on identity, race and feminism through powerful language, live music and unforgettable characters. Passing is the only production of its kind that gives centre stage to the mixed-race experience in the form of a well-made play.
Indigo and Gemma have been collaborating on Passing since August 2016. They are currently working towards an Autumn 2019 premiere. In June 2017 they shared a scratch performance of the piece at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. In August 2017 they undertook Arts Council funded R&D at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres which culminated in an industry sharing of selected scenes at The Bunker Theatre. In March 2018 they shared a rehearsed reading at RADA supported by Women@RADA. In June 2018 Passing was longlisted for Theatre Royal Haymarket (Pitch Your Play) and the Bush Theatre Script Submission.
If you are venue or a producer who is interested in the piece please get in touch.