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Shuck ‘n’ Jive - Soho Theatre

Olivia Onyehara and Tanisha Spring in Shuck 'n' Jive at Soho Theatre. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WITH music, laughter and searing honesty, Shuck ‘n’ Jive is the debut play from Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown. Directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo, it runs Upstairs at Soho Theatre until October 26, 2019.

You do realise that your premier black woman role model was literally a puppet controlled by a white man, right?

Opera singer Simone very quickly discovered that London was not the BNP-free utopia she’d always dreamed of. Meanwhile, actress Cassi is bored battling it out for the illustrious roles of Sassy Friend, Spunky Slave, and Third Crack Whore From The Left at every audition.

Desperate to be seen as they are, not as the colour of their skin, they decide to seize back control and write their own play. This is that play.

Simone is played by Olivia Onyehara and Cassi by Tanisha Spring.

Shuck ‘n’ Jive has set and costume design by Ranya El Rafaey, lighting design by Jai Morjaria, sound design by Anna Clock, movement direction by Diane Alison-Mitchell and casting by Nadine Rennie CDG.

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NB: Shuck ‘n’ Jive contains racially sensitive language.

Image: Olivia Onyehara and Tanisha Spring in Shuck ‘n’ Jive at Soho Theatre. Photo credit: Helen Maybanks.