The Gift

Presented by Eclipse Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
by Janice Okoh | Directed by Dawn Walton

An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation...and tea.

Brighton, 1862. 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.

“The company making strides in telling Black Britain’s lost stories.”  The Stage

"Richly textured, passionate and enormously affecting. Beautiful.” ★★★★ The Times on Princess & The Hustler

“Powerful, political, lyrical.” 
★★★★★ The Stage on Black Men Walking 

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Sat 18 - Sat 25 Jan

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Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Wed 29 Jan - Sat 15 Feb

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The North Wall, Oxford

Fri 21 - Sat 22 Feb

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Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Thur 27 - Sat 29 Feb

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NST City, Southampton

Tues 3 - Sat 7 Mar

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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Tues 10 - Wed 11 Mar

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Aggie / Sarah

Donna Berlin

Harriet Waller / Queen Victoria

Joanna Brookes

Mrs Schoen / Harriet

Rebecca Charles

James Davies

Dave Fishley

Sarah Bonetta Davies

Shannon Hayes

Ben / Reverend Venn  

Richard Teverson

Creative Team:


Janice Okoh 


Dawn Walton


Simon Kenny

Lighting Designer

Johanna Town

Composer and Sound Designer

Adrienne Quartly

Movement Director & Associate Director  Vicki Igbokwe

Casting Director 

Briony Barnett, CDG


Ola Animashawun

Voice & Dialect Coach

Hazel Holder

Etiquette Coach

Louise Kempton

Fight Director

Stephen Medlin


Rehearsal Pictures: Ellie Kurttz