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Possession

Drama  /  3w, 2m

Possession is a tale about desire. About owning and being owned. About colonising and being colonised. And ultimately about the power of the spirit to escape oppression.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 2m
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: The Stage Debut Awards 2023 for Best Writer

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Summary

Four mother’s lives interweave across continents and time… Kasambayi, recently arrived in the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo, starts her contractions on the number 38 bus at Clapton Pond, and gives the final push at Victoria. She names her daughter Hope – hope for their new life, hope for their future.

Once Hope is fully grown, her path crosses with Alice, a foreign correspondent with a particular interest in the latest mineral tormenting the DRC: cobalt. But will their budding friendship threaten the safety that Kasambayi has so carefully built for them in London?

Meanwhile Alice Seeley-Harris, a Victorian missionary wife in King Leopold’s Congo has a horrible sense that history is repeating itself.

Possession is a tale about desire. About owning and being owned. About colonising and being colonised. And ultimately about the power of the spirit to escape oppression.

History
Possession was first performed on 15 June 2023 at the Arcola Theatre, London.

Present Day

HOPE — 19, Black British Congolese girl. Kasambayi's daughter.
KASAMBAYI — 40ush, Black Congolese, first generation immigrant. Hope's Mother.
ALICE YOUNG — 41, White, foreign correspondent.
JOHN DENT — 49ish, White, foreign correspondent.
DAVID, GEORGE'S FATHER — 16
DAVID — 22, Hope's lover
GEORGES — 22, Hope's son
BUS DRIVER, PARTY GIRL, YOUNG GYM BOY, MORGUE ASSISTANT, CHAIR, LECTURE HALL ASSISTANT

1900

ALICE SEELEY HARRIS — 30s, English missionary wife.
JOHN HARRIS — 49, English missionary.
NSALA — 22, Congolese man.
MERCY  — 13, Congolese girl

Media

“Maze-like and splendid.” — The Stage

“A rich play bursting with ideas.” — The Reviews Hub

“Thoughtful” — British Theatre Guide

“A seamlessly expressive, informative, funny, touching and anger-inducing play.” — London Box Office

Possession is a tapestry of memories, an informative and fascinating story, and a beautiful character study.” — The Spy in the Stalls

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Sasha Hails

Possession is Sasha’s first play. Sasha is currently lead writer and co creator on CBBC’s hit fifth series of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers. Recent work includes Belgravia (Carnival); Midwich Cuckoos (HBO/SKY) and lead writer of Netflix/Nutopia 6 part series The Last Tsars, ...

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