Chinonyerem Odimba's Black Love to launch Kiln Theatre's 2022 season

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Kiln Theatre will launch its 2022 season with Chinonyerem Odimba’s Black Love.

With Book and Lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba, Music by Ben and Max Ringham and directed by Chinonyerem Odimba and Katie Posner, the production opens on 1 April with previews from 28 March and runs until 23 April.


The run at the venue follows a successful tour as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout season last year.

Nathan Queeley-Dennis reprises the role of Orion with Nicholle Cherrie as Roo and Beth Elliott as Lois – who join the company for the run at Kiln Theatre.

Meet Aurora and Orion. Sister and brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam.

Inside their small London flat, memories of their parents’ Black love surrounds them. When that love is threatened, they must first find understanding and connection before they can begin to find a way back to one another.

An explosion of form-busting storytelling, Black Love celebrates and investigates the Black experience through music, real-life stories and imagined worlds. This ‘beautiful ode to black society and home’ (The Guardian) is not to be missed.

The Kiln Theatre auditorium will be transformed into the round for the production.

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Kiln Theatre’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham said: “It is a pleasure to bring Black Love to the Kiln stage – it’s a beautiful, theatrical piece that will resonate with many.

“Chino, Katie, Ben and Max all met here in 2019, collaborating on our fabulous community play The Seven Ages of Patience. So, to have them back on their next collaboration feels very fitting, especially with this special show.”

Chinonyerem Odimba, writer and co-director of Black Love, and Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi commented: “Working with Kiln Theatre and Paines Plough to bring this very special musical show back on stage is a wonderful opportunity for us at tiata fahodzi.

“Black Love has already engaged so many audiences across the UK in important conversations about family, joy, and race in contemporary Britain, and I can’t wait for more audiences in London to share the love!”

Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director and co-director of Black Love, Katie Posner added: “We are so honoured to be once again collaborating with tiata fahodzi on this outstanding musical. It has been an amazing opportunity to see this story meet audiences across its national tour, igniting powerful connections and we are so proud to be a part of this next journey with Kiln Theatre.”

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