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Leave Taking

By Winsome Pinnock

Year staged: 1987

Opening night: 11/11/1987

Theatre Company: Liverpool Playhouse

Staged in: Liverpool Playhouse

Cast Size: 5


In North London, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn’t want to be at home; staying out late – 3 p.m.-the-next-day late – is more her thing. Viv scours her schoolbooks trying to find a trace of herself between their lines. When Enid takes her daughters to the local obeah woman for some traditional Caribbean soul-healing, secrets are spilled. There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures. Two generations. Three incredible women. First produced in 1987 at Liverpool Playhouse, the play won Winsome Pinnock the George Devine Award in 1991.


An extract of the play can be listened to here.

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Leave Taking

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Year published: 2018

Original Cast

Natasha Williams

Del Matthews

Ellen Thomas

Enid Matthews

Locita Lijertwood


Lisa Lewis

Viv Matthews

Tommy Eytle


Production Team

Les Lyon


Kate Rowland


Boyes Candida


Additional Materials

Link to Poster


Ref: RNT/PP/2/4/165

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