Presented By Actors Touring Company and Young Vic

Family Tree

27 August, 7.30pm | 28-30 August, 2 & 7.30pm

Duration: 80 minutes

What to expect: Join In, On the Move

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Tickets: £15 / £10 concession

Matthew Xia, who directed 846 Live at last year’s festival, returns to GDIF with a new play by Mojisola Adebayo, inspired by the life of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman, whose cells were harvested and cultivated without her consent after her death from cervical cancer in 1951. The so-called HeLa cells have been vital to studying disease, decoding the human genome, and have even contributed to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Exploring timely themes around exploitation and ethics in healthcare, this is a powerful, site-responsive promenade piece.

Recommended age guidance 13+ 

Times and Locations

27th August at 7:30pm

  • Audio Described
  • BSL Interpreted
  • Captioned
  • Relaxed Introductions

28th August at 2:00pm

28th August at 7:30pm

29th August at 2:00pm

29th August at 7:30pm

30th August at 2:00pm

30th August at 7:30pm


Site Access

There is level access to the performance location. Ramps will be in place and trackway provided for grassy areas.

Viewing area

A priority area for disabled audiences will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users and a variety of seating options will be available. GDIF volunteers will offer directions.

Blue badge parking

Coming soon

Accessible Toilets

Coming soon

Photo route

Coming soon

Contact Alex if you have any Access questions: | 07899 893 935

Show Access


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome

Friday 27 Performance Access:

  • BSL Interpreted
  • Captioned Performance
  • Audio Described
  • Relaxed Introduction

Access content will be available online via your mobile phone. Please bring a charging pack if you are concerned about battery use.


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day.

An Audio brochure and BSL interpreted brochure are coming soon.

Content & Trigger Warnings:

Includes reference to historical, non-consensual, medical experiments on Black women and children. Racial violence is discussed, and racist language and profanity is used. Younger viewers may find some scenes upsetting.

BSL interpreted description and Audio Description about the show is coming soon.

Notes for Audiences

This is an outdoor promenade performance for 60 minutes. Seats will be provided in some areas where the action pauses. Travel light.

Captions will be provided by the Difference Engine. We recommend downloading the App before arrival and bringing a personal charging pack for your phone.
You can download the app by clicking here.

Where to find it

Family Tree will be performed at Charlton House and Gardens, Charlton Road, SE7 8RE.

About the company

Written by Mojisola Adebayo, Directed by Matthew Xia, Design by Sandra Falase, Music by Fran Rivers, Movement by Vicki Igbokwe.

Mojisola Adebayo is a British born, Nigerian / Danish performer, playwright, director, producer, workshop leader and teacher. She has worked in theatre, radio and television, over the past two decades, performing in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays and leading countless workshops, worldwide, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

Matthew Xia one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK, was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Actors Touring Company (ATC) is the UK’s leading theatre producer of international plays. ATC create dialogue between Britain and the rest of the world – and between the intersecting cultures within nations.

ATC are passionate about giving voice to the ‘outsider within’, creating a dialogue between those deemed ‘the other’ and audiences in every UK region and beyond: from Scarborough to Hong Kong.

Supported by

Co-commissioned by Actors Touring Company and the Young Vic, and presented as a work in progress production for outdoor premiere with FESTIVAL.ORG.

Family Tree is supported by Arts Council England, Royal Greenwich Festivals and Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund at the London Community Foundation. With thanks to the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and Charlton House.

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