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A new play by Ryan Calais Cameron that asks the question; how much have we really evolved?

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Thu 20 Apr - Sat 27 May 2023, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Audio Described: All Performances Post show talk: Tue 2 May, 7.30pm Touch Tour: Thu 18 May, 6pm Captioned Performances: Thu 11 May 7.30pm Fri 12 May 7.30pm Sat 13 May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Relaxed Performance: Sat 20 May, 2.30pm

Runtime: 1h 40m

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Ryan Calais Cameron is riding high at the moment. His brilliant and moving For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy has had a string of plaudits on its West End transfer, and for his latest, he returns to the Golden Age of Hollywood and considers the journey of black actor Sidney Poitier, who is trying to get a break in the movie industry in the 1950s. He wants to be a star, but is that possible for a black man? When a studio offers him a lucrative contract, it looks as if his wish will come true. But what will he have to sacrifice for success, and how much has really changed for people of colour in the entertainment industry today?

About Retrograde

The Golden Age of Hollywood. Behind closed doors, aspiring actor Sidney Poitier is offered a lucrative contract that could make him a superstar. But what is he willing to sacrifice? From the writer of award-winning, sold-out, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, Ryan Calais Cameron’s explosive new play explores identity, resilience, and integrity as it examines a true event in 1950’s Hollywood and the reality of a Black actor’s journey to stardom. Directed by Kiln Associate Director Amit Sharma (The Boy with Two Hearts), this world premiere explores a moment in a career which paved ways and changed perceptions, cementing the legacy of a Hollywood icon. Content: This production contains explicit language and racial slurs as well as themes of Racism and McCarthyism. Special note: All performances of Retrograde will be audio described. You will need to pre-book a headset for the date of your performance if you desire one. Age Recommendation: 14+