Directed by Johnny McKnight, Written by Douglas Maxwell. WORLD PREMIERE. Produced by Random Accomplice, UK Tour/New York transfer
Given her disreputable past, retired teacher Maggie Brodie knows she was a last minute choice for supply cover. Being patronised by the idiotic young headmaster is an indignity she can just about endure. But her frustrations increase when a mute Somalian child in her class, whom Maggie is inexplicably drawn to, is believed by her family and community to be possessed. Maggie seems to be only one who is outraged and protective of the girl. And if they don’t listen to her, she will be forced to take action. Drastic action.
Douglas Maxwell’s gripping thriller combines a specially composed soundtrack and integrated projection to make Promises Promises an unmissable theatrical event.
Joanna Tope is magnetic in this taut, expertly staged one-woman show. NEW YORK TIMES
The most fiercely powerful solo performance on a New York stage. NEW YORK POST
***** Such sustained brilliance… it sometimes threatens to take the breath away… performed with an intensity, an allure, and a technical brilliance that is beyond praise” THE SCOTSMAN
**** The Times **** The Guardian
New York Times Critics Choice
Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance