Not Black and White:
Detaining Justice

by Bola Agbaje

‘Raises many fascinating questions…gripping..shot through with dark humour…palpable generosity of spirit in the writing…the Tricycle ensemble is once again in wonderful form…The three plays in the Not Black and White season run in rep until December 19 and constitute one of the finest theatrical achievements of the year.’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Bola Agbaje’s wonderful play…presented in a production of pitch-perfect performances and pointed zest by Indhu Rubasingham..richly provocative..Strongly recommended’ Independent

‘Interestingly complicated…fast and funny’ Whatsonstage


Justice is locked in a cold dark cell, his asylum application pending.
His sister Grace would like to help, but has been told to leave it in God’s hands. Government Prosecutor Mark Cole has an infallible reputation for successful prosecutions – however he has had a change of heart – and job. His first case is for the defence of Justice – but, in his new role, is Cole the man to help? The cloud of recession looms, unemployment rises, and the fight to remain is tougher than ever.

Bola Agbaje’s debut play GONE TOO FAR was performed at the Royal Court in 2007, and won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement and Most Promising Playwright nomination at the Evening Standard Awards 2008. Her other plays include IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT and IN TIME. Most recently she wrote ANYTHING YOU CAN DO for Soho Theatre.


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Wed 25 Nov 2009 - Tue 15 Dec 2009

Playing in Rep
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Mon 8pm & Midweek mats (Wed 9 Dec at 2pm)

£15 Tues – Fri 8pm and Sat mats at 4pm

£20 Saturday at 8pm

Press Night 7pm

Running Time approx 1hr 30mins (no interval)

Director: Indhu Rubasingham
Designer: Rosa Maggiora
Lighting: James Farncombe
Sound: Tom Lishman
Not Black and White will be performed by an ensemble cast: Jimmy Akingbola, Aml Ameen, John Boyega, Karl Collins, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Abhin Galeya, Jaye Griffiths, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Amelia Lowdell, Cecilia Noble, Rebecca Scroggs, Robert Whitelock