Winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award Rockets and Blue Lights is an astonishing new play from one of the UK’s most pioneering playwrights Winsome Pinnock.

Seamlessly weaving the past and the present together the playexplores Great Britain’s role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade from a unique perspective. This World Premiere production is performed in the Royal Exchange, once one of the world’s largest cotton exchanges, and examines the impact of historical legacy and the representation of painful subjects.

Juxtaposing the intimate and the epic, the personal and the political it invites us to ask what is chosen to be represented and what is denied. Innovative director Miranda Cromwell makes her Royal Exchange Theatre debut with this beautifully poetic play powered by love, resilience and hope. Rockets and Blue Lights can be seen in the Theatre from 12 March – 4 April.

Winsome Pinnock superbly laces together the stories of Lou, played by Kiza Deen, a 21st-century actress who finds herself bound by historical legacy; Karl Collins’ Thomas, a sailor who longs for the sea and an ageing J.M.W Turner, played by Paul Bradley, who is impatient for artistic inspiration.

ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS – Listings Information 

A Royal Exchange Theatre World Premiereon
By Winsome Pinnock   
Directed by Miranda Cromwell 

12 March – 4 April 2020 

Box Office: 0161 833 9833


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