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ear for ear

ear for ear

By debbie tucker green
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427624, 160 pages, October 2018


  • Nominated, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2019


Patience is running out, times have changed.
And progress isn't enough.
Black British. African American.
Here. There.

Snapshots of lives, snapshots of experiences of protest; violence vs non-violence, direct action vs demonstrations, ear for eye follows characters navigating their way through society today.

debbie tucker green's play ear for eye premiered in October 2018 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, in a production directed by the playwright.

ear for eye was a finalist for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

A filmed version of ear for eye, written and directed by debbie tucker green, was broadcast on BBC Two in October 2021.



'An amazingly ambitious epic... has a thrillingly unexpected theatre form and is written in green's distinctive style of reiterative and repetitive punchy dialogues, which here are both emotionally passionate and imaginatively modernistic... raises your political consciousness while expanding your sense of the beautiful'

- The Arts Desk


'Piercing and flecked with a grim mischievous humour... debbie tucker green's stylised dialogue is punctuated with the rhythmic precision of a musical score... quietly devastating... an impassioned play about stalled progress'

- Independent


'An insistent, unrelenting cry of protest... brilliantly written and darkly funny... this powerful, challenging drama is an urgent, impatient call for change'



'A furious dissection of racial injustice... overwhelming'

- Guardian


'An intensely smart piece of theatrecraft. Its three components would make total sense in isolation; together they interact in a subtly devastating dance'

- Time Out