#CITYH is a frank and direct one-woman show about Afro hair. It questions the 'white problem' and how some feel entitled to touch our hair and how they are fascinated with the many styles we can rock. An exploration of what cultural appropriation really means, the pride and struggles of having Afro hair and the angry black girl narrative. Prepare to have your perceptions shaken.
A bold yet humorous piece. Lekhani shares her memories of what it was like growing up in Cumbria with Afro hair and her hair journey. It is also for Afro women to absorb a piece that they can relate to and how we can challenge these hair touchers that just don't seem to understand our struggle.
Writer and Performer: Lekhani Chirwa is an actress and writer. Graduating from London South Bank University in 2015 with a Drama and Performance degree, she then went on to study at Identity Drama School in 2016. Previously worked with The Delta Collective Theatre Company, performing in SEVEN, a devised female led ensemble show about what it means to be a good citizen.
"brave, intriguing and entertaining work that celebrates women and the collective experience." - Fringe Review
"a thoughtful dystopian hour of the actually not-too-distant future with a dark air of Black Mirror" - The Upcoming
From SEVEN Lekhani signed to her first agent Daniel Tasker, Billboard PM. Other recent credits include Papa, Don't Preach, a play in a car written by Bola Agbaje, produced by More Than Car Insurance, 2018.
Director: Garen Abel Unokan work includes The Ball by Chinenye Ezeudu as part of Blacktress season at The Tristan Bates Theatre. Garen previously worked as an assistant director on The Convert, by Danai Gurira and directed by Ola Ince at the Young Vic (part of the Young Vic’s Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Programme 2018, supported by the Boris Karloff Foundation). She has also written for publications such as The New Yorker and Black Ballad.
Writer and Performer: Lekhani Chirwa
Dramaturg: Amina Eisner
Producer: Liz Daramola
Director: Garen Abel Unokan