For a Black Girl

POC stories told through: 6 performers, 2 chairs, 1 hamburger

“Racism and sexism don’t exist,” a friend says one day. He is adamant. “They can’t do. Especially not in the UK.”

Equal part autobiographical, equal part verbatim, For a Black Girl is our response. With two actors, one movement ensemble and over sixty characters, we will show you:

– A courtroom and an unforgettable trial
– A game of Ghettopoly
– A homeless lady questioning the future
– One man’s story of going bra-less
– A comprehensive guide of what NOT to do during Never Have I Ever

But ultimately it is up to you to answer the question: do all stomachs matter?

For a Black Girl explores female sexuality, violence and the staggering effect of everyday racism. Join us as we uncover the ugly truths behind court rooms, classrooms and bedrooms in this candid exploration of the Black British experience. Fusing spoken word, interviews and movement, For a Black Girl is a raw, thought-provoking and satirical show. This is It Theatre is not here to give marginalised groups a voice. They already have a voice. We are here to listen.

1hr 10m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 18:00
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About the company

Nicole Acquah

This Is It Theatre is an emerging company of performers and theatre-makers, many of whom graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in December 2017. The majority of the cast and crew met whilst on the MA Advanced Theatre Practice course, creating innovative devised performance.

Between us, we have performed, devised and toured in Columbia, Finland, Malta, England, South America. We are interested in pause and intimacy. We are interested in the relationship between audience and performer. We are interested in the uncomfortable and the comedy “uncomfortable-ness” brings.

We are very excited and grateful to bring our first show together to VAULT.

Nicole Acquah (Lead) is a playwright, performer and theatre director. She holds a BA in Drama and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and an MA from CSSD. Her play The Spider was performed at the Play! Festival at Royal Holloway and further shortlisted for an international playwriting festival. She is the winner of the Literary Kitchen Festival and a highly commended writer for Faber Children’s Fiction Award. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary practice, physical theatre, new writing and autobiographical performance. She has performed at venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall. Nicole directed a number of productions for the Sky High Theatre Company, which she founded in 2013. Credits include: Juliet (I Drink to Thee; University of Malta, 2017), Bubbles (Maquillage, Bankside Studios, 2017), Jack (The Human Mating Dance, Old Red Lion Theatre, Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Bread and Roses, 2017), Nikki (Delirium, 2016), Girl in Brown (For Colored Girls, Royal Holloway University, 2016), Sir Anthony (The Rivals, 2015) Narrator (100 Shining Hearts, The Palace Theatre, 2014). For a Black Girl is her third play and the first to be performed in London theatres.

PJ Stanley (Lead) is a performer, freelance theatre-maker, director and producer. He is a recent graduate from the MA Advanced Theatre Practice. Credits include: The Existence Formula (Hen and Chickens, Camden Fringe Festival 2017 – Director), That’s so 90s (CLF Arts Cafe, 2017 – Writer and Performer), Mr Brown Goes to The Seaside (Bankside Studios, RCSSD, 2017 – Writer and Performer), The Existence Formula (Tristan Bates Theatre – Director).

Julian Guerra Ortega (Director) is an Anthropologist and Theatre Maker with an MA in Advance Theatre Practice. Acting credits include: Krapp’s last tape (2012) by La Última Cafetera de Krapp Company and The Comedy of Errors (2014), Dojoji (2015), The Impostures of Scapin (2015) and Man Equals Man (2017) by Teatro Libre de Bogotá, in Colombia; Co-founder of The Scatter Collective devising Mr Brown Goes to the Seaside (2017) and The End and the Beginning Theatre devising SISU (2017, Finland); actor and puppeteer in Dream and Destiny (2017) by The Little Giants Theatre. This is his first show as a director.

Claire McKey Berkman (Producer/Stage Manager) is currently in her second year at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, working on her Masters of Fine Arts for Advanced Theatre Practice. Claire previously worked in Los Angeles for One Three Media and Virgin Produced before freelancing as a Producer/Director/Editor for independent films and web-content. Since moving to London, Claire has loved working on and performing in a variety of projects: Grace Notes (Media Director/Stage Manager – Smock Alley Theatre, The King’s Head Theatre), Royal Central TedX Lifestream (Segment Director/Camera Operator – RCSSD), Medusa (Videographer – Brunel Museum), The Girl Who Fell In Love With A Wolf (Costumer/Performer – BBC Persia), Shaking Up Shakespeare (Performer/Filmmaker – RCSSD), Theseus and the Maze (Writer/Director – Swiss Cottage Library), Lifted (Performer – RCSSD).

Kate Cotruvo (Producer) hails from San Francisco, California where she worked with independent filmmakers and local bands as a producer and editor for over a decade. In 2013, she founded the aerial theatre company Volare Variety and went on to produce nine shows with them. She is currently undergoing an M.F.A. in Creative Producing from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Elisha-Grace Lawrence-Bardsley (Choreographer/Movement ensemble) is a performer with a background in dance and aerial. From north Devon to New York and now in London Elisha-Grace is expanding her knowledge and creativity and is now tackling a new city. She is a recent graduate from MA Advanced Theatre Practice and co-founder of Not Your Average Collective. Elisha-Grace continues to explore creative options by implementing modern technology with older stories.

Jinsook Kim (Graphic Designer, Multimedia designer, technician) is from South Korea, and a theatre maker and art designer. She has worked as an assistant director with studio Rebel in 2015 and Performance On in 2014. She has been in charge of PR designs in several performances. She decided to learn more about theatre in the UK, and here she is! She is looking forward to future work in the UK. She is a member of the BrainStorm Ensemble, which recently took its debut performance “I Drink to Thee” to the Valletta Campus, Malta.

Amy Collins (Sound Designer) is a theatre maker, with experience in directing, performance, sound design, and movement. She has a background in Musical Theatre specifically in singing and dancing, participating in showcases and workshops. She gained the Pegasus Prize for Drama at her graduation from Drama and English at Oxford Brookes University in 2015. This prize enabled her the opportunity to work on her first professional production at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, as the Assistant Director of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the end of 2015. Most recently, Amy has continued to widen her skills with participation in workshops and short courses – including directing. She is interested in interdisciplinary performance with a contemporary approach, constantly challenging and questioning the way performance can be made. She particularly has a love for new interpretations and fusions of familiar stories and hopes to continue to interrogate this in her own work. She is a member of the BrainStorm Ensemble, which recently took it’s debut performance “I Drink to Thee” to the Valletta Campus, Malta.

Carrie Ellis (PR/Marketing) is a creative and ambitious individual with a Drama and Theatre BA from Royal Holloway University. She is always looking to connect with new clients, and experienced professionals that I can learn from. I’m especially interested in hearing from Brighton-based businesses, non-profit organisations, media publications, and artists. She is managing director at Bites of Brighton Ltd.

Carly McCann (Movement ensemble) is a second year MFA student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent regional credits include A Chorus Line (FUSE Productions), The Sound of Music (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centre), As You Like It (Hobnob Theatre Company) and Julius Caesar (Poor Yorick’s Players). Many thanks to VAULT and the cast and crew of FABG!

Chusi Amoros (Movement ensemble) is a dancer and theatre maker from Lima, Peru. She graduated from the MA Advanced Theatre Practice at RCSSD and is the co-founder of 27 Degrees Theatre Company. She has collaborated with a variety of dance, theatre and circus companies in Europe and South America, such as Dactilares Peru, Elephants and Volcanoes and La Tropa del Eclipse. She works also as a Creative Facilitator for social and special needs education projects.

Sarah Page (Movement Ensemble) is a multi-disciplined theatre-maker and performer based in London. She is co-artistic director of The Fun Club and Trip the Light Theatre. Sara graduated from MA Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama this year, has a BA in French and Drama from The University of Birmingham and classical training in ballet and solo piano.

Artistic Team
Writer & Lead
Nicole Acquah
Julian Guerra Ortega
Kate Cotruvo
PR & Marketing
Carrie Ellis
Stage Manager
Claire McKey Berkman
Kate Cotruvo
Carly McCann & Elisha Lawrence-Bardsley
Graphic Designer, Multimedia Designer & Technician
Jinsook Kim
Sound Designer
Amy Collins
Movement Ensemble
Carly McCann, Elisha Lawrence-Bardsley, Sara Page, Chusi Amoros & Sarah Page
PJ Stanley & Nicole Acquah

Press & Reviews

Praise for For a Black Girl:

"A truly incredible performance and production. Raw and moving and honest. [This Is It Theatre] handled everything with so much care." - Emily Hancock

"I was absolutely blown away...genuine, refreshingly honest and thought provoking. [For a Black Girl] really takes the audience out of their comfort zone and puts them in the shoes of a POC. Even though the play was titled For a Black Girl, there were themes mentioned and related to all minorities...Can't wait to see [This Is It's] next production!" - Safi Syed

"It's nice to see that a strong role for black female actresses is being written." - Callie Nestleroth

"The play never allowed its audience to feel comfortable from the very's a work of real intelligence and feeling. For a Black Girl has really stayed with me as a thing I think seriously about/question myself about in the time since I saw it...highly recommend." - Douglas Cowie

"A strong and articulate play." - Nick Wood

"Powerful, powerful stuff!" - Rebecca Cooper