Set in a dystopian England, Detective Shade investigates Aileen Burnett’s murder – a white woman who married a Black man. As a convicted ‘race-traitor’ with four children, she had served time for ‘miscegenation’.
To solve the crime Shade travels the Multi-Resistance’s Underground network to the Northern Free Zone where in facing her past, everything she thought she knew about herself and her world is challenged.
Film, movement and soundscapes provide a powerful dramatisation of stories brought to life by Julie McNamara (The Knitting Circle), Hassan Mahamdallie (The Crows Plucked Your Sinews) and a team of creative talent.
The Quiet Rebels creative team is experimenting with a new approach to integrating access into the design of the production, using a vibrant, percussive soundscape and rich visual narrative that incorporates captions, British Sign Language and audio description to sew access into the fabric of the show.
Supported by Arts Council England, Garrick Charitable Trust, Hackney Empire, City Bridge Trust, Unity Theatre Trust, National Lottery Community Fund and made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players.
A Vital Xposure, Dervish Productions and Belgrade Theatre co-production. Developed and delivered with partners Soul City Arts, the Albany, Hackney Empire, Deaf Rave and Jane Morgan Associates.