THIS IS BLACK

The Bunker presents

THIS IS BLACK

Curated by Steven Kavuma

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 featuring All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad by Abraham Adeyemi (rehearsed readings), Blue Beneath My Skin by Macadie Amoroso, PYNEAPPLE by Chantelle Alle & Melissa Saint and Teleportation by Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo.

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

BLUE BENEATH MY SKIN BY MACADIE AMOROSO
directed by Janet Etuk
(produced by Sculptress Theatre Company)

HER - Macadie Amoroso
HIM - Guy Samuels
“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. 

ALL THE SHIT I CAN'T SAY TO MY DAD BY ABRAHAM ADEYEMI
(rehearsed readings 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?
 

DOUBLE BILL 2

PYNEAPPLE BY CHANTELLE ALLE & MELISSA SAINT
directed by Abigail Sewell
assistant director Xanthus
(produced by SPYCE collective)

MAYA - Amba Rose Mendy
RAYE - Elise Palmer
ERYCAH - Melissa Saint
LAURYN - Odera Ndujiuba
Young black women grapple with stereotypes in the therapeutic, London-based hair salon, Crowns. But with rent increasing, will their safe space continue to exist? This new, vibrant play explores mental health, sexuality, colourism and femininity as the women share themselves, explore and grow with each other.

TELEPORTATION BY RONKE ADÉKOLUEJO
directed by Steven Kavuma
assistant director Esme Allman
fight choreography by Sam Behan
ANUYIN - Antonia Layiwola
GARY - Lee Ravitz
Gary is alone in his flat and disappearing due to his disability. Anuyin is a carer and ready to work. But this proves to be a challenge she isn’t prepared for: unconventional love, born out of unchosen hate. Can these two polar opposites rediscover how we are all connected to each other, one way or the other? Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo's debut play explores two bodies sharing a single spirit.
 

EXHIBITION

Curated by SOPHIA TASSEW
A 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 work by Amaal Mohamed, Sharon Adebisi and Taja Boodie who have responded to “What does it mean to be Black in the UK? Past, present and future.”
DJ Ashleigh Simone
Designer Sandra Falase
Sound Designer & Composer Cassie Kinoshi
Associate Sound Designer Francis Botu
Lighting Design Hannah Roza Fisher
Projection Design Toby McManus
Graphic Design Ashley Wheat
Carpenter Aidan Carroll
Stage Manager Mohammed Yousef

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