A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Selina Thompson’s new solo show is about grief, ancestry, home, forgetting and colonialism. It’s about being part of a diaspora.

“deserves the attention it demands” ★★★★ – Reviews Hub

‘offers the gift of seeing the world through different eyes’ ★★★★ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“… Where our real home might be is tricky to say. In a way that is the point. Some people say that is the body, but I think the body is more a channel that leads us home. Ultimate reality is our home. It is here and now, and it is not a special piece of what is happening. We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.

In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.

It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards.

This show is what they brought back.

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Winner of:
The Stage Edinburgh Award;
The Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and Playing with Form;
The Filipa Brangaca Award for Best Female Solo Performance.

Upcoming Performances

salt. will return to the UK in Autumn 2018, after visits to Australia and Brazil!

★★★★ The Scotsman

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Time Out

★★★★ Fest

★★★★ The List

★★★★ The Times


Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. Supported by the National Theatre Studio. Part of the British Council Showcase 2017. Funded by Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous supporters who donated towards our voyage across the Atlantic.