Kwaku Mackenzie, founder of a Black policy think-tank, hits the bottle after his father’s death. As media interest in the once dynamic Institute fades, his team grows fractious and then, disastrously, favours a young Oxford scholar over his own devastated son. When, in a vain attempt to regain influence, he publicly champions division within the Black community, the consequences are shattering.
Taking a punchy, provocative look at the Black British experience and questions of solidarity within a racial group, Statement of Regret is Kwame Kwei-Armah’s third play for the National Theatre, London, (after Elmina’s Kitchen (2003) and Fix Up (2004)). It premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre on 7 November 2007.