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Neighbors

2013
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

A fully-formed and challenging piece of theatre

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A co-production with Nuffield Theatre.

I am having issue with the kind of people they are and where they came from and how that will reflect upon us, in the eyes of people who aren’t us, because of those other people’s own issues.

Jean has a black husband. Richard has a wife who happens to be white. They have new neighbours.

Tensions mount and stereotypes are brutally exposed as Richard, Jean and their bi-racial daughter Melody meet their neighbours; the crazy Crow family.

‘A savagely funny cartoon of a play about racial identity in a post-racial society’ (Variety)

This bold and explosive contemporary play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a wildly theatrical comedy exploring identity, intolerance and the tensions in a “post racial” America.

Neighbors was performed at HighTide Festival 2013 and Nuffield Theatre.

A landmark production

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Cast & Creatives

  • Fisayo Akinade
  • Geoff Aymer
  • Vanessa Babirye
  • Clare Calbraith
  • Simone James
  • Daniel Poyser
  • Craig Stein
  • Obioma Ugoala
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Writer
  • Steven Atkinson Director

    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide.

    His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude).

    His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).

  • Richard Kent Design

    The Country Girls (Chichester), Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre), Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre), Unfaithful (Found111), Oliver (Grange Park Opera), Watership Down (The Watermill), The Winter’s Tale and Cymbeline (The Globe), The Cocktail Party (Print Room at the Coronet), The Mentalists (Wyndhams Theatre), Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Outside Mullingar (Theatre Royal Bath), Man to Man (Wales Millenium Centre), Multitudes (Tricycle), Anything Goes, This is my family (Sheffield Crucible + UK Tour), Bad Jews, (Ustinov Bath, St James, Arts, Haymarket, Uk Tour), The Colby Sisters Of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, A Boy and His Soul, Paper Dolls (Tricycle), Handbagged (Tricycle, Vaudeville + UK Tour), The Merchant of Venice (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The El. Train (Hoxton Hall) Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios 2), Macbeth, Sheffield Mysteries (Sheffield Crucible), Neighbors, (Hightide Festival + Nuffield), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), Josephine Hart Poetry Week (ARTS), 13 (NYMT, Apollo), Clockwork (Hightide Festival), Titanic – Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioners Inquiry: 1912 (MAC Theatre, Belfast), Richard II  (Donmar Warehouse), Mixed Marriage (Finborough Theatre), Decline and Fall (Old Red Lion), Stronger and Pariah (Arcola), Gin and Tonic and Passing Trains (Tramway, Glasgow).

    Richard worked as Associate to Christopher Oram from 2008 – 2012.

  • David Plater Lighting Designer
  • Mic Pool Sound Designer
  • Ben Stephen Production Manager
  • Martha Mammo Stage Manager
  • Charley Sargant Deputy Stage Manager
  • Mark Cunningham Sound Associate