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Pass Over

Antoinette Nwandu

‘This is the story of two young black American men who are deeply troubled by the lack of their American Dream and the lack of a promised land.’ Antoinette Nwandu (Playwright)

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A lamppost. Night. Two friends are passing time. Stuck. Waiting for change.

Inspired by Waiting for Godot and the Exodus, Antoinette Nwandu fuses poetry, humour and humanity in a rare and politically charged new play which exposes the experiences of young men in a world that refuses to see them.

Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu received its UK premiere at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2020.

Critic Reviews

Powerful scarcely begins to describe the impact of this play by Antoinette Nwandu. It has a devastating force and a poeticism that dazzles.

The Times
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A shattering study of racism's dream-stealing power . . . Nwandu deftly shows how language carries connotations of sinister legacies.

Evening Standard
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Pass Over is theatre for the heart and head, reinventing and complicating old stories to make them newly and fiercely relevant. If, in these times, we are ever more in need of powerful and provocative political theatre, here it is.

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A searing fusion of politics and poetry: playful, unsettling, blazingly angry and desperately sad.

Financial Times
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The evening is a powerful mixture of brutality and almost casual defiance . . . Nwandu’s text sings with an evident joy in language . . . This is the fiercest account of racism on the London stage.

Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk
Critic Reviews

Like a radical rewriting of Waiting for Godot . . . Nwandu echoes Beckett’s blend of sharp, crackling comedy and utter despair . . . a painful, intense and clever piece of theatre.

Time Out