Casting has been confirmed for the production which plays at the Bush Theatre from the 31st August.

The cast and creative team have been announced for the production of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro, which begins performances at the Bush Theatre on the 31st August.

This production is set to star: Shiloh Coke (Misty at the Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, Emila at The Globe Theatre), Preeya Kalidas (Eastenders, BBC Asian Radio, Bend It Like Beckham), singer-songwriterAnoushka Lucas (Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and whose debut album Dark Soul was released last week) andGloria Onitiri (whose recent productions include NapoliBrooklyn, on national tour and Hadestown at the National Theatre).

Directed by Lynette Linton, Chiaroscuro is the first production in her debut season as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. Chiaroscuro is the final production in the Bush Theatre’s Passing the Baton series, following the revivals of Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking  and Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit.

Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but when Aisha hosts a dinner party, the friends soon discover that they’re all looking for an answer to the same question. Does it lie in Aisha’s childhood? Or in Beth and Opal’s new romance? Who will tell them who they really are?

What starts out as a friendly conversation between women, soon turns heated when Yomi reveals what she really thinks about Beth and Opal’s relationship.

Chiaroscuro combines live music and spoken word to explore the experiences of women of colour across generations and celebrates female identity from the 1980s to now.

The creative team for the production includes: lighting design by Jose Tevar, sound design by Richard Hammarton, and set and costume design by Moi Tran.

Chiaroscuro will play at the Bush Theatre from the 31st August until the 5th October.


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