About This Show

Tambo & Bones are trapped in a minstrel show. It’s mad hard to feel like a real person when you’re trapped in a minstrel show. Their escape plan: get out, get bank, get even.

So, accept our invitation, if you will, to step from the heart of the crumbling Empire into an America at the epicentre of the global Black Lives Matter movement.

Part distorted clown-show, part spectacular hip-hop concert, part absurdist Afro-futuristic lecture (with robots!), TAMBO & BONES interrogates the commodification and commercialisation of Black pain in a satirical roller coaster of a show.

Praise for the 2022 Playwrights Horizons production:

“Brilliant!” New York Magazine

“A shape-shifting production that makes you second-guess everything you do in a theatre.” Theatermania

Presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Actors Touring Company.

Access Performances

Socially Distanced & Masked: Sat 24 Jun, 2.30pm

Relaxed Environment: Sat 01 Jul 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted: Thu 06 Jul, 7.30pm

Captioned: Fri 07 Jul, 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 08 Jul, 2.30pm

Show Details

Dates: First Preview: 16 June 2023 Opening Night: 22 June 2023 Final Performance: 15 July 2023

WhatsOnStage Review

| | 23 June 2023
Matthew Xia’s production runs until 15 July