★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘A theatre production that has the audience gasping aloud in genuine shock is a rare thing, but Is God Is achieves it (and then some).’ Isobel Lewis, The Independent
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Tarantinoesque bloodshed meets Greek tragedy in Aleshea Harris’s daring drama about a voyage of vengeance.’ Arifa Akbar, The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘This is a blast – a splashy American revenge comedy with a cartoonish vibe and a high body count.’ Nick Curtis, Evening Standard
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘It’s thrilling theatre, packed with inventive panache: incendiary.’ Sam Marlowe, The i Paper
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘A gripping exercise in authorial power, as swift and thrilling as anything an ancient deity could muster up. ‘ Alice Saville, Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘In Ola Ince’s staggeringly assured, crystal-clear production of the British premiere, that’s the first thing we see: flames surging up from the stage to scar their skin as they collapse in stylised movements.’ Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Harris is a force of her own. Beyond the pulp fiction influences, there is something undoubtedly prophetic and profound here.’ Jonathan Marshall, The Upcoming
★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Ola Ince directs a riveting, visually stunning production of Aleshea Harris’ revenge drama’ Tim Bano, The Stage
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘…Ola Ince’s direction is stunning. The production’s focus on visual impact is thrilling, with shadowed lighting, blazing fires and sensationalised but stylish violence…There is too much to say, praise, unpick… the only solution is to go and see.’ Eve Newstead The Review Hub
Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk.
“I wanna step on somethin for once. See what it feel like. Must feel good.”
When a letter arrives from the mother they thought was dead, 21 year old twins Racine and Anaia travel from the Dirty South to the California desert and a yellow house with teal shutters.
They are on a mission to avenge her past and ready to take down anyone who stands in their way.
“We ain’t killers”
“How you figure that? … Iss in the blood.”
Aleshea Harris’ revenge tale about two women seeking justice and taking control of their own narratives, has received the Relentless Award and Obie Award for Playwriting. The UK Premiere will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director Ola Ince.
Royal Court Theatre
Creative Team & Cast
Designer: Chloe Lamford
Costume Designer: Natalie Pryce
Associate Set Designer & Graphic Designer: Shankho Chaudhuri
Lighting Designer: Simisola Lucia Majekodunmi
Composer: Renell Shaw
Sound Designer: Max Perryment
Choreographer: Jordan ‘JFunk’ Franklin
Movement director: Imogen Knight
Fight director: Philip D’Orleans
Special Effects Designer: Susanna Peretz
Dialect Coach: Dawn-Elin Fraser
Photographer: Tristram Kenton
Vivienne Acheampong, Adelayo Adedayo, Ray Emmet Brown, Ernest Kingsley Jnr, Tamara Lawrance, Rudolphe Mdlongwa, Mark Monero & Cecilia Noble