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Walk Like a Black Man
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C venues - C eca (venue website)
Theatre
1-27 Aug, 4:30pm-5:20pm

 Recommended for age 12+ only.

Here’s a thought-provoking, thoroughly contemporary one-man show, which we picked out at this year’s Brighton Fringe.  Tackling the vexed question of racial identity with a lashing of comic flair, writer and actor Rafiq Richard delivers a moving, funny monologue.  He performs in character as a teenage man, struggling to form connections with his personal heritage – half of which lies in the Caribbean, and half in India.

It’s a spot-on physical performance, wrote our reviewer Mathilda Gregory, with a flexibility of expression that’s just fascinating to watch.  Though the play’s about race, it’s also about masculinity; or at least, about the search for a masculine identity, in a stereotyped society.  Consistently entertaining, it’s also often poignant, as Richard reflects on the attitudes of his peers and his own internal confusion.

Any play about race is edgy, of course, and Richard doesn’t shy from controversial topics – but that’s precisely why he offers such a precious insight into all-too-real concerns.  We see that our colleagues at FringeReview and Chortle liked his Brighton outing too… so we expect you’ll enjoy this clever and personal monologue, a show which asks questions about who we all really are.

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