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Published : Sheffield Culture Guide, September 2017

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Dawn Walton, the theatre company's director, on reaching a more diverse audience and adding stories to the British canon.

In early 2016 Eclipse, referred to by The Guardian as “one of the UK's foremost black-led theatre companies”, gave Hansberry and A Raisin in the Sun the recognition they deserve by touring the play across the UK, opening at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio. Written at the start of the civil rights era, A Raisin in the Sun is an intense family drama following the Youngers as they await the arrival of a cheque worth $10,000. During their wait, the family encounter issues of inequality, housing and lack of opportunity – themes that still ring true today. Walton notes: “The play translates, it moves across the ocean and indeed through time perfectly.”

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Dawn Walton and Ashley Zhangazha in rehearsal for A Raisin in the Sun. Dawn Walton and Ashley Zhangazha in rehearsal for A Raisin in the Sun.