DIRECTOR 7: KERRY FITZGERALDKerry Fitzgerald directs new play The Goodnight Girl, by Hannah Warsame. Set in modern-day Soho and featuring live music from Tamara Astor, this play centres around the invisible women living in its shadows; sex workers, regularly discussed but rarely heard from. The Goodnight Girl is a piece that explores female strength and tracks the journey of five women as they navigate their pasts and carve out their futures in a rapidly gentrifying Soho.
Kerry trained as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is co-artistic director of the feminist theatre company Purple Ostrich Productions. Her most recent directing credits include Purple Ostrich's Christmas Cracker 2016 (Vaults, Waterloo) and Vadge of Honour (UK Tour).
DIRECTOR 8: JUSTINA KEHINDE OGUNSEITANJustina Kehinde Ogunseitan directs a rehearsed reading of new play UMUADA, an exploration of black-motherhood and mental health within the urban-African diaspora. UMUADA, meaning ‘first-born daughters’ in Igbo, explores the innate and often unacknowledged process of un-becoming, a process that first-generation migrant women are forced to experience if their husbands, children and communities are expected to thrive. Conceived by Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and co-written by Yosola Olorunshola, UMUADA is a witty yet poignant exploration into the disruption, dislocation, bereavement and grief that accompanies migrant-hood and motherhood.
Justina Kehinde directed and co-produced the first-all black all-female production on a Cambridge stage, Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls…’, before successfully taking it to London for a sell out production in 2012/13. In 2014, she directed and co-produced the South African political-musical Sophiatown (ADC Theatre) and in 2017 was the assistant director and poet for FRONTLINE, a dance-theatre piece on Human Trafficking (The Place, London).