Until the Flood

Theatre (political, true-life)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 2
  • 21:15
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Arcola Theatre Production Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing, Descriptions of violence. Adult themes. Strictly no latecomers.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
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Description

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) performs the UK premiere of her poetic and revelatory play. Based on extensive interviews with Missouri residents after the 2014 shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, this unmissable drama gives voice to a community rallying for justice and a country still yearning for change. Written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller. 'An urgent moral inquest' (New York Times). ‘A moving understanding of the need for healing’ (Chicago Tribune). ‘Deeply compassionate’ (Chicago Sun-Times).

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Julie Phillips 52 days ago

So good. Go see it if you can

Stephen Hackett 58 days ago

I have never felt so redundant giving my opinion. The artist does not need this review. She knows how brilliant she is. If you can't get in today, chase it down the years.

Sean Davis 60 days ago

Until the Flood (*****)
An actress recreates several people who live near Ferguson, Missouri where a policeman shot and killed an unarmed Black teen. The characters range from teen to senior, Black and White, racist to peacemaking pastor. I admire the play for allowing every character to present their views without injecting the playwrights judgement.

This was the 5th most enjoyable of the 95 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Paula Williams 68 days ago

One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen.

Kate Gaul 72 days ago

Until the Flood (Traverse Theatre never disappoints!)– Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith performs her poetic and revelatory play. Based on interviews with Missouri residents after the 2014 shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, Until the Flood gives voice to a community rallying for justice and a country yearning for change. Consummate writing and an acting masterclass. LOVED THIS! The Dom Perignon of drama so far – on the remnants of cheese scale it’s a 5!


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An Organised Mess 52 days ago

Until the Flood carefully plays with each persona. Allowing the audience to understand in each monologue the hopes, dreams and realities for each. Their words delivered with a conviction that feels like a punch to the gut. The entrenched prejudices are carefully crafted.

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 58 days ago

More good news is that Dael Orlandersmith has come to Edinburgh with her play Until the Flood. She is a consummate performer, inhabiting each part as easily as she shrugs on and off a jumper or hoodie. Accents and attitudes, gestures and intonations all change in an instant under Neel...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

This is one of those shows where you expect a whole company to appear at the curtain call, and yet only one actor takes her bow. That actor is Dael Orlandersmith who, as writer and performer, quietly captures the spirit of a whole community. In Neel Keller’s...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Ripples of atrocities do not fade; instead they gradually gain momentum with time. We may never know the full story of the death of Michael Brown, a young man shot 12 times by police officer Darren Wilson, two days before enrolling in college. As one may suspect, Wilson was white; Brown,...

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British Theatre (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Missouri 2014. Michael Brown, a black teenager, is shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. Based on interviews given in the aftermath of the shooting, Dael Orlandersmith writes and performs her play, presenting not just a range of commentary, but confronting history, race and politics in modern America.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

It was August 9, 2014, when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old high school graduate, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white policeman, in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing provoked riots and, although eventually the US justice department concluded that the shooting was in self-defence, it has become a symbol...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

There is also great moral weight in Until the Flood by the superb African-American writer and actor Dael Orlandersmith. The piece is a one-woman play created from interviews conducted in the aftermath of the killing of the black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 65 days ago

The killing in 2014 of the black teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson generated numerous protests across America.A poll in August of that year found that some 80% of black people and 37% of white people in the country thought it raised important issues about race.Dael...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Dael Orlandersmith’s play both is and isn’t about the 2014 shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. This event is the catalyst for Until the Flood, which digs into the aftermath of the shooting and unearths ugly truths about race in the United States. Over...

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The F Word 65 days ago

Overall, this is a smart unflinching look at race relations in the US today.

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Miro Magazine (5/5 stars) 66 days ago


Dael Orlandersmith presents Until The Flood, interviews and accounts of the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, 2014. Theatre Editor Daniel Perks watches through misty tears and cries in the toilet afterwards:
My tears pour forth a catharsis. They shimmer with praise until Orlandersmith’s creation, Until The Flood, is no more.

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Time Out (4/5 stars) 69 days ago

US poet and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s quasi docu-play ‘Until the Flood’ is a quietly devastating examination of the fallout from the death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American man whose fatal shooting by a 28-year-old white police officer triggered the Fergusson riots in 2014. If you’re expecting a furious polemic – well, this isn’t...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 70 days ago

Western tragedy began in ancient Greece with one performer conversing with a chorus. Until the Flood, Dael Orlandersmith’s beautifully measured solo tour de force has a similar essential quality, one person speaking for many, a nation of millions even. Touching issues of gun-violence and racial tension it deals with the...

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The List (5/5 stars) 71 days ago

Vital piece of drama interrogates the insidious nature of racism...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 71 days ago

Candles and flowers fill the stage, transforming the space into a shared, public site of grief and remembrance. Pulitzer Prize finalist, poet and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood is a series of monologues built from interviews with St Louis residents one year after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed local...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 71 days ago

In 2014, African American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Darren Brown’s shot ignited weeks of social unrest, propelled by the activist movement known as Black Lives Matter and prompted a controversial investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. In the...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 72 days ago

Dael Orlandersmith’s compassionate exercise in documentary theatre explores the aftermath of the shooting in 2014 of Michael Brown, a young black man, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. Drawing on a series of interviews, Orlandersmith plays eight people, each offering different perspectives on the repercussions of...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 73 days ago

The European premiere of Until the Flood is at one level an example of documentary theatre of the type honed by Anna Deavere Smith, where the writer and performer bases the text on interviews with real-life participants in and witnesses to significant events, and then impersonates the characters in a...

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