Leave Talkin by Winsome Pinnock
'What doctor know about our illness? Just give you pills to sick you stomach and a doctor certificate. What they know about a black woman soul?'
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.
Winsome Pinnock has written numerous plays, including Talking in Tongues, for which she won the George Devine and Pearson Best New Play Awards.
'The godmother of Black British playwrights' Guardian
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