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Dolphins and Sharks - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEW African-American playwright James Anthony Tyler’s Dolphins and Sharks will receive its European premiere at the Finborough Theatre, where it runs for a three week limited season – from Tuesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 30, 2017.

My first supervisor was a African girl named Ann, and she had the nerve to tell me that I don’t have a right to call myself African American. I had to tell that heffa just because your people sold my people doesn’t mean I don’t got African roots.

Yusuf needs a break – his philosophy degree from NYU isn’t opening any doors, but his new job would help him pay his overdue rent; Xiomara doesn’t want to settle for the marriage scenario her Dominican mother keeps pushing on her; and Isabel needs her job to put three kids through school, but still manages to keep her sense of humour.

All three are employees of Harlem Office, New York, a neighbourhood copy shop where promotions are rare, raises are even rarer, and racism is often on display.

But when one staff member is given the chance to move up to manager, friendships are tested and loyalty turns out to be less valuable than cold hard cash. Soon cutbacks and office politics have everyone fighting to keep their jobs and their sanity…

Dolphins and Sharks is described as a searing new comedy about clocking in, clocking out and rising up.

The cast includes Shyko Amos (as Isabel Peters), Hermeilio Miguel Aquino (Danilo Martinez), Miquel Brown (Amenze Amen), Ammar Duffus (Yusuf Nwachukwu) and Rachel Handshaw (Xiomara Yepez).

Presented by Over Here Theatre Company in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Dolphins and Sharks is directed by Lydia Parker, with set and costume design by Anna Driftmier, lighting by Ben Jacobs and sound by Richard Bell.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the first professional UK production in 85 years of Windows by novelist and playwright John Galsworthy (August 22 to September 9, 2017).