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, Blue Beneath My Skin by Macadie Amoroso, 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

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

TELEPORTATION BY RONKE ADÉKOLUEJO
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.”

WHAT'S ON


All The Shit I Can’t Say To My Dad + Blue Beneath My Skin

5 - 25 August 2019

All The Shit I Can’t Say To My Dad + Blue Beneath My Skin
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Teleportation + TBA

5 - 25 August 2019

Teleportation + TBA
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This Is Black: Exhibition

11 - 25 August 2019

This Is Black: Exhibition
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