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Tom Wainwright - Custody

Tom Wainwright - Custody Team Angelica

When a young black man, Brian, dies in police custody, it sends shock waves across the community. Reeling from his death, Brian’s family struggle to make sense of their loss, whilst pursuing a lengthy court battle to clear his name. Based on the lived experience of creator Urbain Hayo, and conceived by him, this stark and timely new play, written by Tom Wainwright, explores how young black men are slipping through the cracks in society. How do you fight for justice in a system where nobody is on your side?

This is the playtext of the March 2017 Ovalhouse production, and includes author and director statements, and cast and creative biographies.

*****5 stars

*****5 stars '...deeply dark and disturbing, but pure storytelling at its best.' Theatre Weekly

Urbain Hayo discusses the genesis of the play in The Independent here.

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