Hear Me Now presents: Lovesexidentityambition
Curated by Titilola Dawudu
Produced by BlackFest and Theatre503, in association with Tamasha Theatre
A festival celebrating the complexities, richness and nuance of women of colour.
4th – 8th February 2020
‘Let’s have conversations, let’s see stories about love, sex, identity and ambition by women of colour’
From a cross-dressing Imam, to the first black Prime Minister, the British Indian girl with dreams of becoming a country music star, or the young black boy who loves baking as much as he loves football, these stories come together for Lovesexidentityambition, a week-long festival of monologues by award-winning female writers of colour.
Taken from the ground-breaking book Hear Me Now Audition Monologues for Actors of Colour, published by Oberon, this will be the first time these stories, written specifically with nuanced narratives that expand beyond the limited range of existing stereotypical audition material available, will have been performed to audiences.
Each night four actors will perform 16 monologues with a different director taking the helm, in London’s Theatre 503. The festivalbrings together leading women of colour in the performing arts across the country from Liverpool to Birmingham and London to also host post-show discussions each night around what stories for women of colour are being told in theatre and on screen, and debate about the many more stories there are still left to tell.
Festival curator, writer and editor Titilola Dawudu adds:“It is vital that we continue the conversation that stories about black and brown women do not have to always be steeped in trauma. While this is important, stories that tell of heartache and break, we’re saying we also want to see more stories about love, sex, identity and ambition. We want to highlight and celebrate the complexities, richness and nuances of women of colour.”
The festival hosts include award-winning cultural producer Tobi Kyeremetang, co-founder of TedXBrumYouth and Birmingham’s inspiring 30 under 30 leader Zeddie Lewal, Roshni Goyate, co-founder of The Other Box and Amerah Selah, spoken word artist and activist.
The award-winning black, South Asian and East Asian writers who contributed the original stories featuring in the festival include, Femi Keeling, 2017 BBC Writers Room alumna and member of the Orange Tree Writers Collective, Rabuah Hussain, who’s 4 star debut play Spun is now currently being adapted as a TV series for Wall to Wall, Guleraana Mir, Offie nominated playwright and one half of The Thelmas , Summer Rolls’Tuyen Doand Titilola Dawudu. Directors include Liverpool based BlackFest co-founder Jubeda Khatun, Jessica Kalissa director of award-winning Queens of Sheba and Balisha Karra, the new co-artistic director of Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.