That got away
That missed their moment
That ‘what if’
That ‘what would’
That we know
That we hide
That we can’t'
Based on a real journey of the heart this work-in-progress one-person show uses poetry to tell a story for all those who have ever felt ‘other’.
‘I wish I was bolder
I wish I was braver
I wish I was honest with you
I wish I was fiercer
I wish I was fearless
I wish I could say I love you’
Actress and poet Jade Anouka recently appeared on our screens as Allana in ITV’s 3-part drama TRAUMA which screened to rave reviews and can currently be seen in ITV’s CLEANING UP alongside Sheridan Smith. Look out for her this year in Feature Film FISHERMAN’S FRIEND’S and Idris Elba's Netflix comedy TURN UP CHARLIE.
In theatre Jade most recently played the title role in QUEEN MARGARET at The Royal Exchange and will reprise her role as the title character in The Phlebotomist at the Hampstead Theatre's main space. A seasoned Shakespeare performer, she starred in the Donmar Warehouse all-female Shakespeare Trilogy hit directed by Phyllida Lloyd where she played 'Mark Antony' in JULIUS CAESAR, 'Hotspur' in HENRY IV and 'Ariel' in THE TEMPEST. Other cherry-picked theatre credits include Old Vic two-hander COVER MY TRACKS opposite musician Charlie Fink, Ophelia and Juliet in the Globe Theatre’s production of HAMLET and ROMEO AND JULIET respectfully and MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL at the National.
As a poet Jade has performed regularly around London including The Southbank Centre, Richmix and The Roundhouse. Her first collection of poems was published by Poetry Space and titled EGGS ON TOAST.
Jade recently did a TEDxtalk: 'Being Black, Being a Woman, Being 'Other’.
Writer & performer : Jade Anouka
Director : Tinuke Craig
Producer: Kate Pakenham Productions Ltd
Praise for previous work in one-woman show CHEF:
GUARDIAN - 'Anouka's phenomenal performance'
OBSERVER - Jade Anouka shone...Anouka shifted between modes, ages and characters with nothing more apparent than a realignment of the shoulders, a raised eyebrow, darting eyes. She was extraordinary.'
THE STAGE - 'She’s a forceful performer, controlled and captivating, keeping her emotions in check, but letting rip when the moment calls for it....delivering the lines with relish and energy...the strength of Anouka’s performance gives it shape and depth.'