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Samuel Takes a Break
Paperback, 112 pages ISBN: 9781839043185Publication Date:
15 Feb 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 112 pages ISBN: 9781788507691Publication Date:
15 Feb 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Yard Theatre, London, 2024

Samuel Takes a Break

in Male Dungeon No. 5 After a Long but Generally Successful Day of Tours

By Rhianna Ilube

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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.

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

Press Quotes

'Audacious... a superb satire on atrocity tourism and the legacy of slavery... Rhianna Ilube's play is as outrageous as it sounds... broad comedy lurches suddenly into deep meditations on the reality and the destructive legacy of colonialism... fresh and fascinating'

Time Out

'A forensic cross-examination of the dark tourism industry. Ilube digs deep into colonialism's impact on British identity and asks, poignantly, how we are supposed to preserve the horrors of the past... Ilube's writing makes you shake, laugh and not for one second forget the castle's past'


'A sharply funny look at the reverberation of colonialism into the present day... humour shaded with insight and empathy'

The Stage

'A hilarious but unflinching look at complex issues around colonialism and lost identity... unmissable'

Theatre Weekly

'Funny and thought-provoking... Rhianna Ilube's characters and dialogue sparkle with humanity and wit... the play hits the sweet spot with its engaging characters, its compelling story and its beautifully created sense of place'

Arts Desk

'A masterpiece... a perfectly balanced and powerful combination of comedy and emotion that will leave you speechless'

A Youngish Perspective
Paperback,112 pages ISBN: 9781839043185Publication Date:
15 Feb 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,112 pages ISBN: 9781788507691Publication Date:
15 Feb 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
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