• 28 June 2021 - 30 June 2021

Written by Apphia Campbell and Meredith Yarbrough, this award-winning production is a new story about the 20th Century African American experience.  

The play follows two women’s fight for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.  

Set against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, the two women challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?  

Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.  

Apphia Campbell is the creator of the hit show Black is the Color of My Voice, which toured to sold-out audiences in Shanghai, New York, the UK and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 


★★★★★ 'Inspiring! A fast and exciting play that ended with most of the audience standing and applauding' - British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ 'Campbell is a formidable performer' - The List

★★★★★ 'Both Roles are brilliantly performed by Apphia herself.' - BritishTheatre.Com

★★★★ 'Campbell is the most powerful voice of this year's Fringe' - The Scotsman


Event Details

Running time: 60mins, no interval. 
Age category: 16+

Please note: The Rose has implemented all necessary measures to ensure we are a COVID-19 secure venue and have met the guidelines set out by the government to make your visit safe. Our summer season of shows is launching on a socially distanced basis. We eagerly await updates on Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap and hope to reopen safely at full capacity. Even if measures do allow a return to full capacity, the Monday evening performance of Woke will be socially distanced.

When booking for this performance you will need to select all seats in a bubble to be able to proceed. If you cannot match your seating requirements please call the box office on 020 8174 0090. For more information about our COVID-19 secure venue click here.

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