Winsome Pinnock

Leave Taking (NHB Modern Plays)

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In North London, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn’t want to be at home; staying out late — 3 p.m.-the-next-day late — is more her thing. Viv scours her schoolbooks trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.
When Enid takes her daughters to the local obeah woman for some traditional Caribbean soul-healing, secrets are spilled. There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.
Two generations. Three incredible women. Winsome Pinnock's play Leave Taking is an epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home. It premiered in 1987, and was revived at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2018, in a production directed by the Bush’s Artistic Director, Madani Younis.
‘The godmother of Black British playwrights’ — Guardian on Winsome Pinnock
'Enid is one of those West Indians who came to England in the fifties, determined to become 'little Miss English'. Abandoned by her husband she has struggled to bring up her two daughters to live her dream… a beautifully observed, deeply moving account of this alienated limbo' — Guardian
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59 printed pages
Original publication
2018

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