What’s On: This is Black festival at The Bunker Theatre, London Bridge

A month long festival, This is Black, starts on Monday and will premiere theatre productions by four new black writers.

Taking place at The Bunker theatre in London Bridge, the festival will explore identity, family relationships and universal struggles.

The festival will showcase All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad by Abraham Adeyemi and Blue Beneath My Skin by Macadie Amoroso with PYNEAPPLE by Chantelle Alle and Melissa Saint and Teleportation by Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo.

The festival will also feature a visual art exhibition every Sunday, highlighting the work of artists in response to the theme, what does it mean to be black in the UK? Past, present and future.

Abraham Adeyemi’s All the Shit I Can’t Say to My Dad is a musical exploration of unresolved conflicts within a strained parent relationship, from differences of faith to absent fatherhood.

Blue Beneath my Skin captures the mixed- race experience of identity and knowing your heritage.

PYNEAPPLE by writers Chantelle Alle and Melissa Saint, is a vibrant and humorous new play grappling with the stereotypes surrounding young black women.

Differing cultures collide in the debut play Teleportation by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo when a carer meets her new disabled companion, exploring how two polar-opposites can share a single spirit, question their prejudices and discover themselves through one another.

This is Black curator, Steven Kavuma, said: “As a writer and director, I have always wanted to go and showcase my work at the Edinburgh Fringe but have felt mindful of participating as I am aware of the mental and physical baggage it involves to be a black artist presenting work in Edinburgh and other fringe theatre spaces which are often occupied by white people.

“I believe that blackness is not one-dimensional; it is layered, complex, beautiful, ugly, angry, loud, and everything more that is unsaid and with all the plays in this festival, we aim to offer audiences a varied depiction of black stories.

“With the DJ sets and exhibition, I hope this will begin to deconstruct how none or not regular theatregoers interact and engage with theatre.”

This Is Black will run at The Bunker from August 5-25.

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