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LIFT / Anna Deavere Smith: Notes from the Field at the Royal Court Theatre

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Time 19:30
Date 13/06/18
Price £14

One of the most hailed theatre artists of our time, Anna Deavere Smith presents Notes From The Field, a powerful solo performance that shines a light on a lost generation of American youth.

Running from: Wed 13 - Sat 23 Jun, 19:30 & 14:30.

Anna Deavere Smith leads a new installation of powerful first person storytelling in Notes From the Field. Urgent and inspiring, it depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Notes From the Field shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 250 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and, ultimately, change for the better.

Best known for her role in The West Wing, playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama who praised her for her talent to ‘open up minds and nourish souls, and help us understand what it means to be human’.

'Just listen, if you would, to how she listens... She creates a dialogue out of monologues among souls who, in real life, might never have occasion to speak to one another.' - New York Times

'Absorbing and wonderfully energising. Anna Deavere Smith is invaluable' - New York Magazine