An Octoroon

BY BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS
18 May 2017 — 1 July 2017

★★★★★ “Jacobs-Jenkins is like one of those magicians who shows you how the trick works and still leaves you agog with wonder” Connor Campbell, The Upcoming Read the review

★★★★ "both infinitely playful and deeply serious and which dazzlingly questions the nature of theatrical illusion... an extraordinary play that defies categorisation and that proclaims Jacobs-Jenkins as an exciting new dramatist" Michael Billington, The Guardian Read the review

★★★★ "It’s messy, inspired, invigorating" Dominic Maxwell, The Times Read the review

★★★★ "a dazzling deconstruction of racial representation" Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage Read the review

★★★★ "It’s bold, fearless playwrighting: laughing in the face of racism as well as allowing the horror of history to spell itself out." Holly Williams, Time Out Read the review

★★★★ “Director Ned Bennett and his cast are wonderfully on the wavelength of the hectic ingenuity and high-energy ambivalence of the approach to the material… a playful provocativeness… This is an energising production, unafraid of the necessary madcap messiness” Paul Taylor, The Independent Read the review

★★★★ “An Octoroon is a cracking piece of writing…  Ned Bennett achieves things you’d never expect, even from the Orange Tree’s versatile space… an effervescent production of a richly imaginative play… vital drama, in every sense of the word.” Tom Birchenough, The Arts Desk Read the review

★★★★ "incisive, witty and intelligent" Lindsay Johns, Afridiziak 

"proves itself once more to be one of the most risk-taking theatres in the capital." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

Twitter response

‘A STUNNING cast in #AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr take you on a witty & punchy tour through the dilemmas of theatre, race & representation. Go!’ Dan Rebellato

'The Octoroon is the best best best best best best best thing. Absolute BANGER. Orange Tree. Brilliant. Go go go go go I'M SO HAPPY' Megan Vaughan 

‘#AnOctoroon at @OrangeTreeThtr is one of the best things I've ever seen at the theatre. Utterly brilliant. Painfully clever. Go and see it.’ Sarah Moss

‘All theatre should be this exhilarating.’ Jennifer Farmer

‘#AnOctoroon was just the most wonderfully bizarre, bonkers, imaginative spectacle I think i've ever seen. Dumbstruck!’ – Charlotte Hughes

‘Audacious, courageous, funny & form-bending.’ Daniel Evans

‘#AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr is brave, bizarre, heart-breaking and hilarious. Run run run to see it.’ Charlotte Bate

‘I've been trying to find the words to tweet about #AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr but I can't. Except to say you should see it.’ Tom Hescott

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‘#AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr is just completely wild and brilliant and a love letter to theatre but in the most fantastical and open way’ Freyje Winterson

‘Reeling from the theatrical whirligig of #AnOctoroon at @OrangeTreeThtr - a dazzling production which explodes the theatrical box of tricks.’ Dan Usztan

‘Go and see #AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr. Great to see something so bold and fresh’ Bianca Stephens

‘I urge you to see #AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr refreshing, funny and frightening. It's still haunting me. Ned Bennett does it again,’ Naomi Sheldon

‘#AnOctoroon is visceral and demented and so uncomfortable and it's the best thing I've seen in ages’ Ava Davies

‘72 Hours later and I can't stop thinking about how live and naughty and hip hop #AnOctoroon @OrangeTreeThtr is. It's just so great.’ Tinuke Craig

‘#AnOctoroon at @OrangeTreeThtr is the most thrilled I've been in a theatre in ages. Smiled throughout. Blew my mind. #gonnagoagain’ Sam Steiner

‘#AnOctoroon was absolutely brilliant @OrangeTreeThtr! A chaotic, funny, thoughtful, surprising spectacle of theatre from @ned_bennett & cast’ Peter Taylor