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24 Feb 2023


BLACK OUT | Bootycandy

Gate Theatre

Black Out is a performance of Bootycandy in which the theatre space is curated and held for Black audience members.

As part of the run of Bootycandy, Gate Theatre is hosting its first ever Black Out performance. Black Out is a performance in which the theatre space is curated and held for Black audience members.


The UK premiere of Robert O’Hara's Bootycandy is a semi-autobiographical, kaleidoscopic, Black queer fever dream of connected vignettes, directed by Gate Theatre Associate Artist Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (For Black Boys…)


The initiative was originated by American playwright Jeremy O. Harris during the Broadway run of Slave Play in 2019 (directed by Robert O’Hara, playwright of Bootycandy), and then brought to London during the run of his show Daddy at Almeida Theatre. because he felt it was important for Black theatregoers to be able to experience sitting in a theatre space where the whole audience looks like them. You can learn more about the initiative by clicking here.


While this performance has been curated specifically for Black audiences, no one is excluded from attending. Click here to read our FAQs.


Robert O'Hara (he/him) has received the NAACP Best Play and Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Herb Alpert Award. Broadway: Slave Play (Tony Nomination).

Off Broadway: He directed the world premieres of Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play, Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria's In The Continuum, Tarell McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo's Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs' Bella: An American Tall Tale, Ross Baum and Angelica Cheri's Gun and Powder, and his own plays, Bootycandy, Mankind, and Insurrection: Holding History. His upcoming projects include directing O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, directing Anthony Davis's Opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, writing and directing a series of Netflix/Ryan Murphy and writing and directing a feature film adaptation of his original play, Barbecue for Anonymous Content.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (he/him) is a British-Ghanaian theatre-maker whose work aims to stretch the imagination of his audiences with his unique brand of storytelling.


Tristan has directed at venues like Young Vic, Royal Court and National Theatre. He is an Associate Director of Initiative.dfk, Brixton House and Gate Theatre. Tristan is the winner of the 2019 JMK Directors Award. Previous work includes multi-award nominated productions Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio Theatre/Tobacco Factory Theatres/Theatre Peckham); Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre); Sundown Kiki (Young Vic); and For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy (Nouveau Riche/New Diorama Theatre/Royal Court), for which he won the Black British Theatre Award for Best Director and Best Production.


Estimated running time

Performance times


Ticket prices

£12.50 - £18


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

The following is an estimation, and is intended only as guidance, more accurate information will be available closer to the show opening:


Content guidance: swearing; racist, homophobic and ableist language;  outdated terms for disabilities; references to genitalia, sex and sexual acts; references to grooming and to sexual abuse of a young teenager; mention of rape; the threat of murder; graphic description of stabbing; nudity; the threat of sexual assault; discussion of a rape and suicide 

Age guidance: 18+
Duration estimation: 2 hrs 30 mins, with one interval


For more information about our new wheelchair accessible and step free home in Camden, and how to get there, click here.

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