Anyone who follows me on Twitter (and particularly my @TerriOnPolitics account) will know just how concerned I am by the accelerating authoritarianism on display in my native United States. Playwright Liane Grant does follow me and so knew that the opportunity to chair a post-show discussion on her new play would be one I couldn’t turn down…
What if you were black, gay and a woman in America right now?
In Half Me, Half You, Jess and Meredith are a married, interracial, gay couple living in New York in 2017 – the era of Trump – weathering a new wave of intolerance, discrimination and oppression, which is sweeping the nation and seeping into their home.
16 years later, Maya, a biracial British teen is forced into American life, braving the aftermath of a second civil war, and changing Meredith’s life irrevocably.
Returning after its highly praised 2018 run in New York and London, in her remarkable writing debut, Liane Grant’s Half Me, Half You confronts the reality of the current global climate and explores the consequences for future generations, while reminding us that we are all simply people searching for love and acceptance.
How are they manifesting in society, nationally and internationally? How is the arts industry addressing them? How big a problem is hate crime becoming in the UK today? What can we practically do as individuals to resist?
After the 6pm performance of Half Me, Half You on Monday 1 April 2019, I’ll tackle issues explored in the play with Liane Grant and special guests including Olivier Award-winning actor and director Maria Friedman, Stop Hate UK‘s CEO Rose Simkins and anti-Brexit campaigner and Our Future, Our Choice co-founder Femi Oluwole.