Review: Let’s Talk About “Custody” at Ovalhouse

“Custody” has arrived in London after performing at Coventry, Sheffield and Huddersfield in May this year. Created by Urban Wolf, written by Tom Wainwright and directed by Gbemisola Ikulemo, it is Wolf’s first play to be produced and certainly  captivates his passion for telling stories of communities and individuals’ whose voices need to be heard.

A dramatic story about racism. When a young, British black man named Brian mysteriously dies in police custody, his family’s court battle to find justice send shock waves across the black community.

Inspired by Urban Wolf’s own experience with the police, the fictional play explores the current debate about the abuse of authorities towards black people, in the UK. The constant heart-breaking news due to such negligence, especially in the American police force, have raised enormous concern and doubt: who protects us from the protectors of society?

Under magnificent sound and lightning effects, together with great staging and rhythm of movement, the ingenious set is based on an original design by Phil Newman. The four actors, playing Brian’s mother, brother, sister and lover, offer brilliant and neat performances, as well as a group coordination that is uncommon.

“Custody” is a reflection urgently needed in our society, a mirror to look at and a tribute to unheard voices that are now becoming a clamour against injustice, violence and abuse.

Where: Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, Lambeth, London SE11 5SW

Dates: 5 JUN 19 – 22 JUN 19

Tickets: £16 (concessions £10)

Running time: 70min (no intervals)

Recommended age 13+
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For further information about “Custody”, click here

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