Samuel Takes a Break


ISBN: 9781839043185
Author: By Rhianna Ilube
Publication Date: 15/02/2024
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 112pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3446 Categories: , Tags: ,

‘Every one of us will be here for a different particular reason. I am here because I am passionate about history.’

It is 2019, the Year of Return, marking four hundred years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in America. We are at a slave castle in Ghana. Samuel is our tour guide. It’s his job to give tourists a really, really authentic experience of the castle’s dark history, and to do it all with a smile. Thank you, Samuel!

The tourists are Samuel’s guests, and they’re on a journey of self-discovery. But they’re here, standing on soil, blood and bones, asking for a selfie. They want to buy trinkets from the gift shop. Samuel would never want to hurt the tourists. And they would never want to hurt him.

Rhianna Ilube’s Samuel Takes a Break… in Male Dungeon No. 5 After a Long but Generally Successful Day of Tours is a genre-blending play about colonialism, identity and the attempt to preserve the past. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and the Verity Bargate Award, and was a finalist for the 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. It premiered at The Yard Theatre, London, in 2024, directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike.

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