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First look: Theatre Centre's UK tour of Human Nurture

Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (2)
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders

A first look at Theatre Centre’s UK tour of Human Nurture has been revealed.

The piece by Alfred Fagon Award-shortlisted writer Ryan Calais-Cameron (The Stage 25; Typical, Soho Theatre; Queens of Sheba, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, New Diorama Theatre).

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Exploring race, privilege, allyship and masculinity, Human Nurture tells the story of two ‘could-be’ brothers whose lives are cleaved when one is rehomed and the other is left behind in the care system.

Lucas Button as Harry and Justice Ritchie as Runaku in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (2)
Lucas Button as Harry and Justice Ritchie as Runaku in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku, Lucas Button as Harry, Neeta Sarl as DJ in Human Nurture.PhotoChris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku, Lucas Button as Harry, Neeta Sarl as DJ in Human Nurture.PhotoChris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (3)
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Neeta Sarl as the DJ in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Neeta Sarl as the DJ in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders

In order to ensure that Human Nurture is as authentic as possible, Theatre Centre has worked with Ryan and many young people from across the country to explore the themes of race and class found in the play.

A teaser for the show reveals: “Having grown up in care together, Roger and Harry’s bond is so strong they’re like brothers. They share everything, food, music, and even dreams – everything except their race.

“Roger is black and Harry is white; it’s never mattered to them but when Roger is fostered and Harry remains in care the boys grow apart and, in different cities and at opposite ends of the UK’s social spectrum, these differences come to the fore.

“Roger begins to connect with his cultural roots, while Harry falls into a crowd that are openly racist. Crucially exploring the intersectionality between race and class, Human Nurture unpicks how exclusion and socioeconomic context can affect worldviews and relationships.”

Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (7)
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (7)
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders (3)
Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Neeta Sarl as the DJ in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Justice Ritchie as Runaku and Neeta Sarl as the DJ in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Lucas Button as Harry in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders
Lucas Button as Harry and Justice Ritchie as Runaku in Human Nurture. Photo by Chris Saunders

Justice Ritchie (Dungeons and Dragons, Paramount) and Lucas Button (War Horse, National Theatre; The Witcher: Blood Origins, Netflix) will play the two leading roles, with Neeta Sarl (Love Reign, Young Vic) as the on-stage musician.

The production is directed by Theatre Centre’s critically acclaimed Artistic Director, Rob Watt (Acts of Resistance, Headlong Theatre, Bristol Old Vic).

For tour dates, venues and tickets visit theatre-centre.co.uk


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