Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781786827128
Binding: Paperback
Male Cast: 3 (including one trans man)
Female Cast: 1

Stop and Search

Gabriel Gbadamosi

Paperback (14 Jan 2019)

A driver picks up a young man crossing Europe.
Two police officers work a surveillance case.
A passenger directs her taxi to the edge of a bridge.
Three conversations grow increasingly uneasy.

From award-winning writer Gabriel Gbadamosi comes a visceral and poetic new play, exploring a time of distrust where the lines blur between conversation and interrogation. Stop and Search explores our deep ambivalence about the ways we police each other.

"The play opens the question of why a tactic aimed at policing drugs, violence and terrorism (and that stops seven black people for every one white person) has grown into a flashpoint for wider, and deeper, flaws in a volatile and frightened social psyche. The Arcola is an incubator of London’s future culture: multicultural, far-seeing, cutting edge. I can only imagine developing such a departure from the old state of the nation play as we have with Stop and Search through the active engagement of the artistic team under Mehmet Ergen’s direction.” - Gabriel Gbadamosi

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786827128
Female cast 1
Male cast 3 (including one trans man)
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 96


"The title suggests political investigation, but Gbadamosi’s play is most telling when most inward. When showing not how repression works but what it feels like." The Guardian

"Gbadamosi's theatrical storytelling moves far beyond the narrative of black citizens being stopped by police officers. Instead, Stop and Search asks questions about how we all police each other in a world of constant surveillance, paranoia and xenophobia." WhatsOnStage