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An outrageous comedy drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and drinking tea. Brighton 1852. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go? The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess… The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party… The fourth national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was the sell-out production of Black Men Walking and the second, this year’s highly acclaimed Princess & The Hustler. Eclipse are the foremost Black-led national touring company in the UK and The Gift marks their first production at Stratford East.
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 (14 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Jan 31, 2020

    It started well, however the last scene took away from what was a great play.

  • Review Avatar Feb 7, 2020

    The play was fantastically written. The development of the past to present was fantastic. There was enough humour, knowledge and character development.

  • Review Avatar Feb 9, 2020

    Loved the story and the way the actors portrayed the characters. Thought the 1st half was two long. A break in between the old and new section would have been welcome. Did think the 3rd section ended a bit prematurely.

  • Review Avatar Feb 9, 2020

    The acting was excellent. The issues raised by the play were thought provoking. The stage sets were beautifully crafted. One of the best plays I have seen.

  • Review Avatar Feb 10, 2020

    Great show

  • Review Avatar Feb 10, 2020

    Excellent venue restaurant changes are really well done.

  • Review Avatar Feb 10, 2020

    An uncomfortable at times, humorous at other times, look at prejudice. A very good cast and well worth a visit.

  • Review Avatar Feb 14, 2020

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • Review Avatar Feb 15, 2020

    Must see show for our times. Thought provoking and beautifully acted. You will laugh and cry. Best thing we've seen in a long while. Congratulations to all involved.

  • Review Avatar Feb 15, 2020

    Very thought provoking, uncomfortable in places, a brilliant piece of theatre

  • Review Avatar Feb 15, 2020

    Suggest that the initial section be shortened as it is reviewed later on in the play. The second section was very witty, funny while being challenging. The end section was good but left a dilemma: a revisionist perspective on Nigeria history in which, following Fanon's theory, the oppressed is freed psychologically by killing the oppressor. However, that has not proved to work in actual history, slaves have killed masters and coup after coup in Africa has not led to psychological freedom. All in all, however a good to excellent piece.

  • Review Avatar Feb 15, 2020

    Entertaining and thought provoking.

  • Review Avatar Feb 16, 2020

    I did not see it,I bought tickets for someone else,therefore I cannot score it, sorry.

  • Review Avatar Feb 16, 2020

    Great acting!!! The play was on the long side and I think I might have missed out on some meaning along the way, but enjoyed it non the less. The actors though left me spellbound- they were great!!!