Casting has been announced for SUS at the Park Theatre in London.
Barrie Keeffe’s incendiary play about institutional racism and abuse of power gets a timely revival with Alexander Neal returning to his role as Karn. He is joined by British-Montserratian actor Stedroy Cabey as Delroy and Fergal Coghlan (For King and Country Southwark Playhouse, The Mousetrap St Martin’s Theatre) as Wilby. Tickets for SUS at Park Theatre on sale here.
Set on the eve of Thatcher’s landslide victory in 1979, Barrie Keeffe’s play about a young Black man detained and brutalised by the police for a crime he has no knowledge of is a powerful dramatisation of a true story. Originally staged in 1979, it shows audiences a shocking depiction of institutional racism through the eyes of Delroy, who has been brought to an East London police station on what he thinks is Sus – suspect under suspicion – the law now commonly known as Stop and Search. Unbeknownst to him, two white male police detectives are tasked with drawing a confession for an unspeakable crime, and they go about it in the most brutal of ways.
Dilated Theatre Company staged the play in 2013 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, and return to the show for a timely revival. It was originally staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and made into a film with Rafe Spall in 2010.
The play will be direction by Paul Tomlinson with design by Lee Newby, lighting by Jamie Platt, sound by Philip Matejtschuck. Assistant director is Kevin Kamara and the production manager is Chloe Croft.
SUS will run from 21 September 2022 until 15 October at Park90, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP.