Soon Come

  • Dramatic Rights: Available
  • Setting: A Jamaican restaurant in London, urban, early 2000s/1990s, working class immigrants
  • Vibe: Emotional, character driven community drama, centering around the different ways that three black British central characters help each other attempt to establish roots and understand their new reality in a Britain that sees them more as migrants than as people.
  • Period: Contemporary/ early 21st - late 20th century

In SOON COME (based on a true-story) action is centred around a Jamaican restaurant in London where our main characters, each British-Jamaican migrants, take very different approaches to integrating in British society. The disruptor Mikey (based on real life photographer Charlie Phillips) uses art and politics to respond to the injustices he sees. Judith conforms, seeking an ordinary life as a nurse and make enough money to take care of her family back home. Frankie takes life less seriously as he’s been on the wrong side of society’s judgement all his life.

Thematically, SOON COME asks what it means to want to belong in a society that rejects you generation after generation and what the interpersonal and emotional results of this are – IT’S A SIN (Channel 4, 2021) crossed with SMALL AXE (Amazon Prime, 2020).

SOON COME is a character driven, emotional, nuanced re-examination of romanticised stories about generations of British-Jamaicans, revealing their struggles both within and beyond the community.

Author Bio

Kuba Shand-Baptiste is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor whose compelling storytelling and thought-provoking narratives often explore identity, human connection and social justice.

Soon Come, her debut novel, is her love-letter to British-Jamaican culture, those wronged by the immigration system and those who are forever searching for a sense of home.

Her writing delves into the intricacies of the human experience, sheds light on overlooked perspectives and draws from her own experiences growing up in North-West London as a British-Caribbean person.

Kuba’s work – including essays, features and poetry – has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, earning widespread acclaim. She is also an experienced and engaging public speaker who has frequently participated in panel discussions, lectures and radio shows as well as podcasts.


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