The premiere of brand new show Cheeky Little Brown, has launched in The Weston Studio of Bristol Old Vic.
British African heritage contemporary theatre company tiata fahodzi, has co-produced Nkenna Akunna’s play with Bristol Old Vic and Belgrade Theatre.
Directed by Chinonyerem Odimba, the play is an exploration of life-long friendship and first queer heartbreak.
It’s the first play of Akunna’s to be fully staged, with the writer describing it as “an ode to your early twenties, a second coming of age, an aesthetically pleasing panic attack. It’s a story about a young woman’s resistance to change in the people and the city she calls home, and ultimately her journey toward a new beginning.”
Cheeky Little Brown is a solo show with Tiajna Amayo performing as Lady. We follow her story on a failed night out, with audiences able to expect plenty of drama alongside a playlist of new and familiar music.
“This beautiful contemporary anti-romcom by Nkenna Akunna brings story and song together in this intimate drama centred around Lady’s life, and how she will survive confronting love and life at a birthday party. How we celebrate the moments of growing into ourselves no matter how painful and funny,” director Chinonyerem Odimba says.
The play mark also marks one other first. It’s the first co-production with Bristol Old Vic with new Artistic Director Nancy Medina.
Medina says: “I fell in love with Nkenna’s lead character the first moment I read about her messy, human life with all its beautiful failings, humour and honesty. To platform a Black, Queer female voice at this moment is so exciting. I feel our Weston Studio theatre is a space for supporting and showcasing new writing and new talent from a multitude of voices – a space to tell stories that will connect with you. That we are able to do this with our friends at tiata fahodzi in our first co-production with them is such an honour and privilege.”
Cast and Creatives
Tiajna Amayo – Lady
Playwright – Nkenna Akunna
Director – Chinonyerem Odimba
Set and Costume Designer – Aldo Vazquez
Lighting Designer – Jodie Underwood
Sound Designer – Esther Kehinde Ajayi
Producer – Shaelee Rooke
For more information and booking: https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/cheeky-little-brown
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