Chiaroscuro


DATE:
31 August – 05 October 2019

VENUE:
Bush Theatre

SERVICES PROVIDED:
Production Management

PRODUCTION MANAGER:
Marco Savo

WRITERS:
Jackie Kay

DIRECTOR:
Lynette Linton

DESIGNER:
Moi Tran

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Jose Tevar

SOUND DESIGNER:
Richard Hammarton

I want to find it all now
know our names know the others in history
so many women have been lost at sea
so many stories have been swept away

Chiaroscuro: (noun) the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but when Aisha hosts a dinner party, the friends soon discover that they’re all looking for an answer to the same question. Does it lie in Aisha’s childhood? Or in Beth and Opal’s new romance? Who will tell them who they really are?

What starts out as a friendly conversation between women, soon turns heated when Yomi reveals what she really thinks about Beth and Opal’s relationship.

Live music and spoken word collide in an explosive gig-theatre event that breathes new life into Scottish National Poet Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece. Directed by Lynette Linton (Sweat, Richard II), this bold reimagining explores the experiences of women of colour across generations and celebrates female identity from the 1980s to now.

Chiaroscuro will be the final edition in the Passing the Baton series, following the acclaimed revival of Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking (2018), and the anticipated production of Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit (2019).