Episode 32: Actors Keziah Joseph and Mofetoluwa Akande reveal the extraordinary true stories of hit show ‘Family Tree’

2 Jun 2023

“Possibly one of the most important untold stories in history!” West End Best Friend

Five star hit show ‘Family Tree’ was written by actor, playwright, director and producer Mojisola Adebayo and directed by theatre-maker and Olivier Award winner Matthew Xia (Actors Touring Company Theatre).

Actors Keziah Joseph and Mofetoluwa Akande give us a deep insight into this beautifully poetic and layered play, talking us through the storylines and reflecting on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks,  one of the most influential Black women of modern times. Henrietta’s cells were taken from her body, without her consent, and are still being used in scientific medical research today. Her cells have contributed to finding treatments for cancer, HIV, Covid19 and many more diseases.

Keziah and Mofetoluwa talk about how important this show is and what it means to them to be in such a thought-provoking and important piece . . . and why everyone should come and see this beautiful uplifting and hope-inspiring play.

Thank you to Keziah and Mofetoluwa for your time and wonderful energy during your busy run at the Nottingham Playhouse!

Catch this 5 star show before the tour ends!

Book Tickets for:
Nottingham Playhouse 2-3 June 2023
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 8-10 June 2023
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol 13 – 17 June 2023

Henrietta Lacks: Aminita Francis
Ain/Anarcha/Oshun: Mofetoluwa Akande
Bibi/Betsey: Keziah Joseph
Lyn/Lucy: Aimée Powell
Smoking Man: Alistair Hall

Playwright: Mojisola Adebayo
Director: Matthew Xia
Set & Costume Designer: Simon Kenny
Lighting Designer: Simisola Majekodunmi
Composer & Sound Designer: Francesca Amewudah-Rivers
Movement Director: Diane Alison-Mitchell
Associate Director: Amelia Thornber
Costume Supervisor: Maybelle Laye
Production Dramatherapist: Wabriya King
Tour Casting Advisor: Matilda James CDG

Production Manager: Matt Ledbury
Company Stage Manager: James Boyer Smith
Deputy Stage Manager: Eliott Sheppard
Lighting Associate: Tom Lightbody
Sound Associate: Clive Meldrum

Family Tree was commissioned by ATC and Young Vic Theatre, and produced as a work-in-development by ATC and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in August 2021


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