The VAULT Festival is coming to town! From January 24th to March 18th, over three hundred new shows explode across a festival of festivals in their Waterloo home. With new venues, new bars, new food and plenty of surprises, VAULT 2018 is the biggest, fairest platform in London for artists to present innovative, daring work. Here we have a look at For A Black Girl by This Is It Theatre, discussing the implication of racism and sexism in the UK
‘For a Black Girl’ is at VAULT Festival, 24-28TH January. It’s a play all about the way society views women in colour, especially when it comes to how our bodies, culture or womanhood is viewed. It’s a very fun play to be part of – 2 actors play over 40 characters – and we have an incredible movement ensemble who really make the female presence heard. We have animation being sent all the way from Korea, as well as support from Colombia, so it really is a collaboration!
The cast and crew met whilst studying at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and between us we’ve worked across America, Malta, Korea, etc. It’s a dark play, which will challenge perceptions but we’re keen to explore this idea of being “uncomfortable” instead of shying away from it. The show fuses interviews with spoken word and dance and we interrogate microaggressions and their wider implications. Ultimately we’re interested in being honest and so the play tells a myriad of real stories, from the playwright’s own experiences to those of people she has interviewed. Do come along if you’re interested in learning more about being Black and British, or if you’re interested in feminism, opening your mind, or witnessing some wicked choreography!
For A Black Girl is running at the VAULT Festival from the 24th-28th of January at 18:00. Tickets and more information can be found here.