“Deez streets uh violence. Streets uh anger. Lead deez boys on to dat promised land.”
A lamppost. A street corner. But also a plantation. But also a city built from slaves.
Moses and Kitch wake every morning. Stuck. Hoping to escape. Hoping to move on. Hoping for a promised land. Hoping to pass over.
An epic mash-up of Waiting for Godot, the Exodus and stories ripped from the daily headlines, Antoinette Nwandu’s fierce and politically charged new play exposes the experiences of young black men in a world that refuses to see them.
Q&A with Alexander Eliot who plays Mister/Ossifer. Eliot recently graduated from Drama Centre. His theatre work includes Three Sisters (Almeida Theatre) and television work includes Casualty.
What were your initial thoughts on joining the cast of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over?
I felt extremely lucky.
You play the parts of (Mister/Ossifer) – can you tell us about them and how they fit into the storyline?
I don’t want to give too much away, but there are a series of interactions between my characters and Moses and Kitch.
What is at the heart of Pass Over?
Friendship and truth
Why should theatregoers put Pass Over on their ‘must-see’ list?
It’s a very special and necessary play. It’s also funny and profoundly touching.
ALEXANDER ELIOT – MISTER/OSSIFER
PAAPA ESSIEDU – MOSES
GERSHWYN EUSTACHE JNR – KITCH
ANTOINETTE NWANDU – PLAYWRIGHT
INDHU RUBASINGHAM – DIRECTOR
ROBERT JONES – DESIGNER
OLIVER FENWICK – LIGHTING DESIGNER
BEN & MAX RINGHAM – COMPOSERS AND SOUND DESIGNERS
LANRE MALAOLU – MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
JULIA HORAN CDG – CASTING DIRECTOR
HAZEL HOLDER – VOICE AND DIALECT COACH
KEVIN MCCURDY – FIGHT DIRECTOR
ANTHONY SIMPSON-PIKE – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
CYNTHIA DUBERRY – COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
HELEN FLETCHER – DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER
KATE KENAH – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
This production is supported by Adam Kenwright
DURATION: approx 90 mins
DATES: 13 Feb – 21 Mar 2020