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Something Dark

By Lemn Sissay
Bare stage
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Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. He was renamed Norman Greenwood and nicknamed Chalky White throughout his turbulent childhood in care, only to find out his real name at the age of 18. No longer the possession of the social services, he left the brutal suburbs of Lancashire for the bright lights of Manchester where he became a celebrated performance poet. Aged 21 Lemn left for Gambia in search of his mother and the truth about his father.

Original production

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Original Cast:
Lemn Sissay Cast
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John (1935-) McGrath Director


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Hidden Gems: Contemporary Black British Plays, ed Deirdre Osborne 2008 Oberon Books No