Full-Length Play, Drama  /  1w, 1m

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‘Sometimes it feels so exposing just walking in the village. I told Jimmy to ignore it at first, he tried to, but it’s isolating he said, eyes on you, not a word spoken. Even when you meet their eyes they don’t look away. Like they have a right to, like you’re a spectacle, an object.’

Olivia has recently moved into her great-uncle’s farmhouse. She’s not local, but she knows her way around. Matty is a gamekeeper, but he doesn’t often tell anyone. He’s wary of newcomers.

These unlikely strangers find themselves beside a stream on the longest night of the year.

Pentabus and Theatre by the Lake present a brilliant new drama from award-winning playwright Lorna French which explores loss, love, prejudice, race and belonging.

Jacaranda was commissioned by Pentabus. It was first performed at Pentabus Theatre, Bromfield, Stropshire on 7 October 2021.
OLIVIA DUDZAI — Thirty, though looks much younger. Black British woman of Zimbabwean heritage. She is an equine vet. Wife of Jimmy. Mother of Rudo.
MATTY TAYLOR — Fifty-three. White British man. Gamekeeper. Father of Ste and husband of Jan.
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


“The movement of the play is not just from death to renewal, but also from division to reconciliation.” — The Guardian

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Lorna French

Lorna French is a playwright, writing workshop leader and dramaturg. Lorna has most recently presented a reading of Esther at Jermyn Street Theatre in March 2022. Jacaranda was produced by Pentabus Theatre and Theatre by the Lake for a tour of rural venues in 2021. She also w ...

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