Half-Empty Glasses

  • Roundabout Tent - Memorial Gardens
  • 12 July 2022 - 23 July 2022
  • A Paines Plough and Rose Theatre production

Written by Dipo Baruwa-Etti
Directed by Kaleya Baxe

Toye is preparing for his piano exam to get into a prestigious music school. He’s doing it for the contacts, the opportunity, the love of art. But when he notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he begins to question himself and the world around him. Is this really his dream, or is he letting these institutions write his story?

He starts offering his own school lessons on Black cultural icons, but he quickly discovers that maybe not everyone wants Black history to be celebrated…

An empowering new play by Channel 4 bursary winner Dipo Baruwa-Etti about the pressures of being young, gifted and ready to change the world.

‘I still play to their chords.
Livin’ within conventions.
Livin’ within restrictions.
Livin’ within a structure.
Lettin’ someone write my story.’



Enjoy 3 for 2 on Roundabout dramas 

Book for all three dramas in the Roundabout festival season and get one for free.

Dramas include: Half-Empty GlassesA Sudden Violent Burst of Rain and Speak.

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Event details

Age guidance: 12+