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Things of Dry Hours

Things of Dry Hours

By Naomi Wallace
Directed by Debbie Hannan

Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 2:45pm


All tickets are £15. Unreserved seating.

The Clare

★★★★ 'A gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration of a black Communist agitator in Depression-era South'

The knock at the door. Because there is always a knock at the door…

Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives.

Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play.


Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as LAMDA, the National Theatre, Royal Court, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

The theme of art & faith increasingly characterises aspects of the Foundation’s work with choral commissions including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater and the sponsorship of the British Museum’s Living with the Gods exhibition.

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Directed by Debbie Hannan

Design Lily Arnold

Lighting Prema Mehta

Sound Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Casting Lotte Hines CDG

With Jude Akuwudike, Michelle Asante and Emun Elliott