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This is Black is a festival of world premiere theatre shows by four, new, exciting Black writers.
The festival will explore identity, hate crime and family relationships with alternating double bills of All the Shit I Can't Say to My Dad by Abraham Adeyemi and Blue Beneath My Skin by Macadie Amoroso, and ...cake by babirye bukilwa and The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars by Dipo Baruwa-Etti.
With an accompanying visual art exhibition curated by Sophia Tassew, an art director and creative who has curated a number of sell-out exhibitions with brands such as ASOS and Converse.
This will feature artists from different disciplines who will make work in response to the four plays. The exhibition will run every Sunday from 11th - 25th August.
As well as the plays and the exhibition, there will also be DJ sets after performances on Fridays and Saturdays going on late into the night.
This festival aims to support, encourage and celebrate Black artists, and to provide a supportive fringe-like experience that existing fringe platforms do not always successfully provide to Black artists.
DOUBLE BILL 1
ALL THE SHIT I CAN'T SAY TO MY DAD BY ABRAHAM ADEYEMI
(produced by Creative Blue Balls)
"And when you need to heal you have to... Return to that place of pain. It's the same place you find healing."
AK's back at his mum's to write his debut album and decides it's time to be honest, even if the truth hurts.
He finally says twenty-seven years of things left unsaid but is it too late?
BLUE BENEATH MY SKIN BY MACADIE AMOROSO
(produced by Sculptress Theatre Company)
“Clothes allow me to choose how people see me,
Clothes can speak louder than my skin…”
Through the eyes of a 17-year-old mixed race girl, Blue Beneath My Skin explores the nuances of identity and ethnicity, which reveals to us how self-perception and the perceptions put upon us can push us onto a destructive path.
DOUBLE BILL 2
...cake BY BABIRYE BUKILWA
(produced by Tolu Agbelusi)
babirye bukilwa's ...cake delves into a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship where love, duty and violence compete in equal measure.
A prequel to her play hour (Talawa Firsts 2017), ...cake explores the nature versus nurture debate and asks what makes us 'us'.
THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE STAR BY DIPO BARUWA-ETTI
(produced by Liz Daramola)
After being visited by her brother's ghost and guided through the past, a grieving woman sets out to prove that her brother's death was the result of a hate crime.
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London SE1 1RU
Performance days & times
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Double Bill tickets
Double Bill tickets
The following performances will be relaxed:
DOUBLE BILL 1: Wed 14 August and Mon 19 August, 7.30pm
DOUBLE BILL 2: Thurs 15 August and Tues 20 August, 7.30pm
Production: The Bunker