London's premier festival of contemporary Korean music
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From Saturday 11 November to Sunday 12 November
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In a nutshell
A frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life as seen through the eyes of a young black woman.
Inspired by Racheal Ofori’s own experiences, Portrait uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes.
After a hit run at Edinburgh and a successful UK tour in 2015, Racheal brings back her debut show for a 2017 tour. Directed by Kate Hewitt.
What to Expect
This one woman show is an unapologetically honest depiction of a black women’s perception of life.
Throughout the show, Ofori’s multiroles to bring the audience many viewpoints; a tapestry of portraits. The show’s content touches upon counselling, education, inequality, second generation immigrants, modern day dating, social media culture and the world of work.
Meet sassy teenager Candice, already sick of the condescension of those around her (‘PC should stand for Politely Condescending’), the straight talking evangelistic preacher, the hopeful Oxford candidate, the African immigrant bound for disappointment and the bridesmaid struggling to fit into her dress and more.
Whilst there is often comic value in these characters, Ofori also uses them to explore the bigger picture of how young women, and especially young black women, can be perceived in society.
Racheal delivers a series of monologues to the audience which explore an array of black female observations of the world and the show contains spoken word, dancing, modern and African music.
RACHEAL OFORI (Writer and Performer) - Graduating with a BA Hons in Acting, Racheal has since worked in theatre, television and radio. 2016 saw her perform in Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO & JULIET at the Garrick Theatre and reprise PORTRAIT at the Southbank Centre. The success of PORTRAIT led to appearances on BBC2 and BBC Radio 4.
KATE HEWITT (Director) - Kate is a winner of the JMK Young Director Award, the inaugural RTST Director Award 2016, and was named as one of Variety magazine’s ‘10 Brits to Watch in 2017’. Most recently she directed Tribes by Nina Raine at the Crucible Studio Theatre in July 2017.
FUEL (Producer) - Fuel produces fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Founded in 2004 and led by Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work. Fuel receives National Portfolio funding from ACE.
What people are saying
‘Compellingly astute…critical, fearless and ultimately uplifting’ - The Scotsman
‘A blistering indictment of british society’ - Exeunt
'Ofori's excellent writing fuses poetry and prose to allow each character to vividly leap off the page' - The Stage
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'We are excited about bringing Portrait to Rich Mix because Bethnal Green is such a culturally diverse location in London and we think Portrait will appeal to Rich Mix’s diverse audience. More broadly, Rich Mix offers a London home for the show. Being a city with such a huge range of disparate communities, it feels vital to bring the work back to London, in order to help challenge societal perceptions of race and second generation immigrants.'
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Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.
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