This new festival will run at the Bunker Theatre from the 5th to the 25th August.
Opening the Autumn season at the theatre, This is Black is a new festival to premiere productions by four new Black writers across an alternating double-bill.
This year’s productions include 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. Each of the shows cover themes including identity, family relationships and universal struggles.
Alongside the productions, the festival will also feature 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. The exhibit will run every Sunday, highlighting the work of artists Amaal Mohamed, Sharon Adebisi and Taja Boodie.
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. The production is to be directed by Jade Lewis with casting to be announced.
Macadie Amoroso will both write and star in her one-woman debut, Blue Beneath my Skin, directed by actor Janet Etuk. Based on her own experiences, Macadie explores the universal struggles of humanity.
Meanwhile, the festival will also include the debut from SPYCE collective, PYNEAPPLE by writers Chantelle Alle and Melissa Saint. It is a new play that grapples with the stereotypes surrounding young black women. The cast is set to include co-writer Melissa Saint, as well as Amba Rose Mendy, Elise Palmer, and Odera Ndujiuba.
Actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo’s debut play Teleportation explores how two people from different backgrounds can actually discover more about themselves through each other’s perspectives. This will be directed by festival curator, Steven Kavuma (BOYS, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden; Assistant Director for Still No Idea, Royal Court Theatre), starring actress Antonia Layiwola.
Talking about the festival, curator of the festival 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 have heard stories from friends about their experiences from racial profiling, racist comments and white audiences unwilling to take flyers for their shows. It feels as though there is only space, time, money and resources for a particular kind of person in this industry, who is always given the license to make “edgy”, “radical” and “experimental” work. When we do make work and take ownership of spaces, it is often branded by some critics as “aggressive”,
“too loud”, “too violent” and “not challenging enough”.”
This is Black will take place at the Bunker Theatre from the 5th to the 25th August.