Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992


★★★★★Morning Star

“Ola Ince’s tight, assured direction uses the space in such a way that we shift in our seats to follow the action, our bodies mirroring the changing perspectives of the voices we’re hearing.”Katherine M Graham

★★★★SundayTimes ​

★★★★ Observer ​

★★★★ Theatre Bubble

★★★★ Hive

★★★★ The Reviews Hub

★★★★ Times ​


“Bowers, lithe and nimble in a blue jumpsuit, never loses the narrative thread even while playing a multiplicity of characters. In Ola Ince’s production, she chats easily to audience members, wheels on a tea trolley during the interval and darts athletically around the auditorium…What was true in 1992 seems just as achingly pertinent in 2018.” Michael Billington

★★★★ Exeunt

“In Ola Ince’s paired-down production for Notting Hill’s Gate Theatre, Nina Bowers performs the multi-person narrative with verve and agility. Its impact is breathtaking, and it illustrates the complexity, the knottiness, the sheer inequality, the resilience, and the anger of the time.”Brendan Macdonald


Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

When the policemen accused of assaulting young, black taxi driver Rodney King were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA, laying bare the recurring pattern of racial oppression and police brutality in America.

For this ground-breaking piece of verbatim theatre, Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992. These are their words.


Gate Theatre Notting Hill

Creative Team & Cast


Designer: Jacob Hughes

Lighting Designer: Anna Watson

Sound designer & Composer: Max Perryment

Projection designer: Will Duke

Movement director: Rachel Nanyonjo and Ola Ince 

Voice & dialect: Hazel Holder

Photographer: Colin Ince (iwantthatpic)


Nina Bowers