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and Drowning

“I had that dream again. Drowning and gasping but I’m trying not to think about it.”

WINNER: Mustapha Matura Award 2022

RSC 37 Plays Competition

Malachi’s been looking forward to a fresh start at uni for months. He’s settling in, he’s got a stack of books to read and he’s met someone new – Kojo, a musician with a megawatt smile, who’s basically perfect.

But something doesn’t feel right. He keeps having the same nightmare – sinking, crushed by the weight of the ocean – and it’s getting worse… A beast grows in the water, hungry, relentless, hunting him but always just out of sight. As the boundaries between nightmare and reality fracture, Malachi must fight harder than ever to stay afloat.

Dreaming and Drowning is an intimate and visceral deep-dive into the boundless mind of a young Black queer man wrestling with anxiety. This electrifying world premiere of the Mustapha Matura Award-winning play is written and directed by Kwame Owusu, performed by Tienne Simon (Grime Kids, BBC) and produced by WoLab (For a Palestinian).

Written/Directed by Kwame Owusu

Performed by Tienne Simon

Set/Costume Design by Tomás Palmer 

Movement Direction by Ingrid Mackinnon

Sound Design by Holly Khan

Lighting Design by Joshua Gadsby

Produced by Sarah Allen

Technical Stage Managerment by Aïsha Kent

Production Management by Lisa Hood

Casting and Creative Direction by Alistair Wilkinson

Art Work by Joel Meshak (A Thousand Islands)

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