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Amid growing concerns and mounting criticisms, that people are over-policed and under-protected; Stop Search looks at the impact of police powers on two families thrown together one night. Callie is 13 years old and black and goes missing one night. His parents, both successful professionals have little understanding of his life outside the family home and the drama young people must play out in the public space.
1 May 2012
Dominic Taylor’s new play interweaves the lives of two families, one white and one black, in an episodic jigsaw that depicts a stop and search encounter gone tragically wrong. The production aims to explore how this event affects the lives of all those concerned.
As the play opens Ivan, a black man, played with great subtlety and intensity by Valentine Hanson, is being questioned by a police officer about the car he is driving and the three credit cards in his possession that bear different names. We then switch to a pub where Dianne, a black woman, and a white couple are waiting. They get chatting and we soon learn that the couple are waiting for their son Gregg, a young police officer.
It transpires that Dianne’s husband is Ivan, who relates his tale of his stop and search to his wife and Gregg’s parents. In response, the mother, Anne, beautifully played by Caroline Guthrie, praises Ivan for his patience and conduct, revealing an underlying a...
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