Family Tree

Actors Touring Company and Belgrade Theatre Coventry in association with Brixton House present by Mojisola Adebayo

Wed 5 - Fri 7 Apr, 7:30pm

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Family Tree is a beautifully poetic drama about race, health, the environment, and the incredible legacy of one of the most influential Black women of modern times. Fearlessly honest, hilarious, and ultimately transformative, this award-winning play is both a remembrance and a celebration.

Henrietta Lacks is one of most remarkable people in medical history. Her cells form the basis of the most important medical research and breakthroughs happening today, from cancer to HIV to COVID.

But Henrietta never knew any of this. Her cells were taken without her or her family’s knowledge or permission.

Henrietta was a Black woman: she is not the only one whose body has been exploited by the medical establishment.

Denied her place in history, now is the time for Henrietta’s incredible legacy to undergo a transformation … to blossom and grow into something new and wonderful.

This brand-new nationwide touring production is brought to you by playwright Mojisola Adebayo (Alfred Fagon Award winner for Family Tree) and director Matthew Xia (The Wiz, Shebeen).

Wed 5 Apr, 7:30pm: Includes a free post-show discussion.

Fri 7 Apr, 7:30pm - Captioned Performance by Louisa McDaid.

Family Tree is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

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.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.

★★★★★ 'Beautifully poetic … Adebayo’s deft writing and the layered, nuanced performances allowed us to take solace in community and to look forward to a better future.' - To Do List

★★★★★ 'Outspoken and magical … informs us with its history and move us with its personal stories.' - British Theatre Guide

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • DirectorMatthew Xia
  • Set and Costume DesignSimon Kenny
  • Lighting DesignSimisola Majekodunmi
  • Composition and Sound DesignFrancesca Amewudah-Rivers
  • Movement DirectorDiane Alison-Mitchell
  • Associate DirectorAmelia Thornber
  • Costume SupervisorMaybelle Laye
  • Production DramatherapistWabriya King
  • Casting AdvisorMatilda James CDG
  • Sound AssociateClive Meldrum
  • Lighting AssociateTom Lightbody

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There will be a free post-show discussion on Wed 5 April.