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SAMSKARA at The Yard by Lanre Malaolu

SAMSKARA at The Yard by Lanre Malaolu

Commissioned by The Yard Theatre, the world premiere of SAMSKARA, written, directed & choreographed by Lanre Malaolu, examines four generations of black men as they try to understand themselves in a world which tells them they have to be strong.

Inspired by real-life testimony and told through an explosive fusion of physical theatre, hip-hop dance and text, SAMSKARA explores vulnerability, emotional trauma and how cycles of fathering affect masculinity. This soul-bearing odyssey by award-winning artist Lanre Malaolu untangles what it means to be a black man in 21st Century Britain. What will be passed on and what will be left behind?

SAMSKARA will star Paaliba Abugre (Heartbeat Of Home, Europe & Asia tour); Oliver Alvin-Wilson (All’s Well That Ends Well, National Theatre; Nine Night, National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios; for TV Wonder Woman 1984; The Huntsman; Lovesick (Netflix) and Misfits); Ntonga Mwanza (Hotel, National Theatre); Will Atiomo (Othello, National Youth Theatre; Animal Farm, National Youth Theatre); Yahael Camara Onono (Djembe player and percussionist); and Razak Osman (Katya Kabanova, Royal Opera House, Wolf of Wall Street, The immersive play).

Whilst perfomances of SAMSKARA will play to full capacity houses, The Yard Theatre will also present two socially distanced performances, to be able to welcome audiences who may be clinically vulnerable, or not yet ready or able to return to a full auditorium.


8 – 26 November 2021

Socially Distanced Performances:

11 November
16 November


Access tickets are sold as concessions and can be booked online.

Free tickets for companions can be booked by emailing:

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16 and 17 November

The Yard Theatre
Unit 2a Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN


Tickets are from £8. Prices increase as the theatre fills – the earlier you book the cheaper it will be. Locals get 30% off all tickets with a free Yard Local Card.

U27s can get £5 tickets on the door to all performances that are not sold out through The Yard’s No Empty Seats scheme.

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