Diana Nneka Atuona’s play is set in an extravagantly cosmopolitan boarding house run by Gwyneth (Sarah Parish) whose two daughters are the result of her interracial marriage.

When Nate, a black US soldier (Samuel Adewunmi), hides out in the garden to escape military police, the family’s loyalties are put to the test.

An old-fashioned play, its conspicuous naturalism is at odds with the issue-driven melodrama. Robust performances keep the energy levels high but, theatrically, it’s lamb dressed as mutton.

  • Trouble in Butetown Donmar Warehouse, London, until March 25. Tickets: 020 3282 3808

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