Half-Empty Glasses

by Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Toye is preparing for his piano exam to get into a prestigious music school. He’s doing it for the contacts, the opportunity, the love of art. But when he notices the lack of Black British history in his school’s curriculum, he begins to question himself and the world around him. Is this really his dream, or is he letting these institutions write his story?

He starts offering his own school lessons on Black cultural icons, but he quickly discovers that maybe not everyone wants Black history to be celebrated…

An empowering new play by Channel 4 bursary winner Dipo Baruwa-Etti about the pressures of being young, gifted and ready to change the world.

‘I still play to their chords.
Livin’ within conventions.
Livin’ within restrictions.
Livin’ within a structure.
Lettin’ someone write my story.’

A Paines Plough and Rose Theatre production

Age guidance: 12+
Running time: 70 minutes

Where we're going...

Rose Theatre


12 – 23 Jul 2022



3 – 28 Aug 2022



8 – 11 Sep 2022

The Landmark

Ilfracombe, North Devon

22 – 25 Sep 2022

Creative Civic Change Newington

Newington, Ramsgate

29 Sep – 2 Oct 2022

The Lowry


7 – 9 Oct 2022

Creative Team


Dipo Baruwa-Etti


Kaleya Baxe


Ryan Dawson Laight

Lighting Designer

Rory Beaton

Composer and Sound Designer

Roly Botha

Casting Director

Annelie Powell CDG

Movement Director

Yami Löfvenberg

Assistant Director

Joelle Ikwa


Deirdre O’Halloran

Touring Production Manager

Guy Ongley

Company Stage Manager

Verity Clayton

Assistant Stage Manager

Charlotte Smith-Barker

LX Programmer and LX Associate

Jack Ryan

Design Associate

Hannah Boothman

LX Programmer

Charlie Mann