When the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre took the brave decision to close its doors to safeguard the public from the Coronavirus, my play Rockets and Blue Lights, which was due to have its press night the following evening, was postponed. I had no idea when the play would be produced again. My fear was that the play would disappear.

When Bertie Carvel asked if the play could be presented as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival on Radio 3 and 4, I was thrilled. I could not have guessed that current events would give the play a specific relevance. The play missed its opening night because of the Lockdown, so I invite you to join us for the Lockdown Theatre Festival gala night (details below) before you settle to listen to the play on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 13th June at 8pm.

 Winsome Pinnock, June 2020



Saturday 13 June at 8pm
BBC Radio 3




On Saturday 13 June you’re invited to join us to celebrate the launch of Lockdown Theatre Festival and be part of the opening gala night. Why not get dressed up, pour yourself a glass of fizz and post red carpet selfies from home as you “arrive” at the opening night performance of ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS #LockdownTheatreFestival #PressNightSelfie #RedCarpet


Intro to the play by Winsome Pinnock and director Miranda Cromwell.


Listen to Julie Hesmondhalgh recommend Rockets and Blue Lights on BBC Pick of the Week (you’ll find it at around 4mins 30secs).

Listen to Winsome’s interview with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends.


Review by The Guardian.


Review by The Stage.


Review by The Reviews Hub


 Rockets And Blue Lights



More information and to book tickets.



One Under

Tour of Winsome's play One Under, Autumn 2019

Audience reaction to One Under

One Under official trailer - UK tour autumn 2019 from Graeae



Leave Taking

In Deptford, Del and Viv are soul-sick. Del doesn’t want to be at home – staying out late, 3pm-the-next-day late, is more her thing. Viv scours her school books trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.

When Enid takes her daughters to the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing, secrets are spilled. There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.

Two generations. Three incredible women. Leave Taking is one epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.
Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of Winsome Pinnock’s classic, award-winning play.

Leave Taking will be showing at the Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush from 24 May to 30 June, it is part of Passing the Baton. You can purchase tickets from their online box office.