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The Happy Tragedy Of Being Woke © Scarlett Crawford

Call and Response: The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke

A work in progress by Clint Dyer and Simon McBurney / Complicité

A series of performances to explore the ideas in You Are Here and encourage audiences to join the conversation. 

The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke is a ride through the troubled mind of 'Frantz', a black man trying for a baby with his white girlfriend. When they start having to think about adoption, the process triggers a series of questions fundamental to Frantz’s sense of identity; questions that have a profound impact upon his relationship with his partner and, ultimately, upon his mental health. 

In an age of individualism, Frantz struggles to reconcile his British identity with his belief in a collective black identity; challenged to define himself as a Black British man, he finds himself falling short. Through the lens of cross-cultural adoption, including verbatim transcripts from adoptees, we are invited to share the unfiltered experience of individuals torn between two different cultures.

Complicité presents an abridged, work-in-progress version of Clint Dyer’s passionate and considered play.

Come along to an intimate performance in an informal setting offering a chance to delve deeper and join in a conversation about the ideas explored in the You Are Here programme.

Clint Dyer Writer and co-director
Simon McBurney 

More information about some of the artists:

Clint Dyer

Simon McBurney

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15-17 August 2019

  • 1hr 30mins approx. (no interval)
  • £12

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

With thanks to our supporters

Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and