by Dameon Garnett
3rd - 21st March 2020
‘Under the law you are guilty, I would say, of a hate crime’.
Afua, a black senior manager in a secondary school, is asked to investigate online comments by a white colleague, Tina; a woman she thought was a friend. Do Tina’s comments constitute hate speech, and, if so, should the police get involved? Afua has always fought for women’s rights, and Tina is a wronged woman, but with an axe to grind that even Afua is not prepared for. In an intensely claustrophobic setting, the clash between the two women becomes increasingly explosive; opening up questions around speech, power, race and class, that perhaps modern Britain is not ready to answer.
Sticks and Stones includes use of bad language/swearing and recommended age is 13+
‘You can’t deny Garnett’s bruising energy’; Michael Billington, The Guardian