Cast: 4f 3m

Staging: Minimal set

Amateur rights performance fee: £45 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume trade & generations: two plays
First Staged:
Young Vic, London, 2007


By debbie tucker green
Published in volume trade & generations: two plays

A 30-minute drama about three generations of a black South African family who contest their relative culinary skills. But food isn't the only topic and the family numbers are declining...

debbie tucker green's play generations was first seen as a Platform performance at the National Theatre, London, on 30 June 2005. The play was revived at the Young Vic, London, in March 2007, in a production directed by Sacha Wares.

generations is available in the volume trade & generations: two plays and is also included in the collection debbie tucker green plays: one.

'I was the cooker - you was the cookless - I was the cooker who coached the cookless. I coached you to cook.'

Press Quotes

'One of the best new plays I saw this year... Debbie Tucker Green’s surreptitious drama, set in a humble South African kitchen, depicted the impact of the AIDS epidemic on three generations of a family with a delicate grace that was all the more powerful for what it elided. While the family members teased and taunted one another — who taught whom to cook being the one and only topic — death stole into the room, wreaking quiet devastation almost before you could sense its presence.'

New York Times

'An entire continent made personal in debbie tucker green's devastating play... runs for fewer than 30 minutes, but will last you a lifetime'


'Subtly devastating'

Time Out, Critics' Choice

Also by debbie tucker green:

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)
debbie tucker green plays: one
born bad
dirty butterfly
Contemporary Plays by Black British Writers
trade & generations: two plays
truth and reconciliation
ear for eye
stoning mary

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