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“There was a bit of scuffle, and I’m sorry to say, he passed away.”

You didn’t pass anywhere.
Your throat was constricted,
your face held down
hands cuffed behind your back
bones breaking in your neck
eyes rolling up in your head
You didn’t pass away, you didn’t die, you weren’t killed
You were murdered.

When a young black man, Brian, dies in police custody, it sends shock waves across the community. Reeling from his death, Brian’s family struggle to make sense of their loss, whilst pursuing a lengthy court battle to find justice.

Inspired by creator Urban Wolf’s own experiences with the police, this stark and timely new play explores how young black men are slipping through the cracks in society. How do you fight for justice in a system where nobody is on your side?

Custody is a theatre project led by The Art Machine and award-winning theatre company FAITH Drama Productions, with the support of the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East. An Ovalhouse Co-Production.


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