It has been announced that Phina Oruche’s Identity Crisis will transfer to the Ovalhouse from the 9th to the 13th May. 

Phina Oruche J2818 (Paul Jones)
Phina  Oruche (c) Paul Jones

Following runs at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, International Slavery Museum Liverpool, and The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol,, Phina Oruche’s Identity Crisis will arrive at London’s Ovalhouse Theatre in May.

Exploring identity struggles that are common to everyone, this one woman show came about through the real life story of the death of Oruche’s 19-year-old niece in her home in 2011 from a brain aneurism. This difficult  time was followed by a series of racial and international incidents happening throughout the world and in Oruche’s life.

Identity Crisis focuses on nine characters all of whom are having their own identity crises; they are black, white, old, young, male and female. The audience are taken through sixty images of Oruche when she worked in the world of fashion, providing an illuminating exposition of life on the catwalk.

Talking about the show Phina Oruche said: “I created Identity Crisis for two reasons. My life stopped when tragedy struck and I plunged into a deep, dark, interminable grief. The range of emotions and the questions I posed about my life and its value at times made me feel like I was in a crisis. This show has given me the freedom to play characters I would never get cast as. All my characters are vulnerable, flawed, and struggling with who they are. Identity Crisis has proved cathartic to me and has restored my joy and faith in humanity. ”

After its run at the Ovalhouse, the show will appear as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.

Identity Crisis will play at the Ovalhouse from the 9th to the 13th May. For more information visit:





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