Theatre Review: Identity Crisis @ Ovalhouse
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Identity Crisis is an engaging and honest piece of theatre about what makes people who they are – their achievements, their dreams, and their surroundings.
The one women show was written and performed by Phina Orucha, who used the opportunity to examine her own observations on what others have made of her black identity. She starts by speaking about her niece, 19-years-old and whose life was taken by a brain aneurysm – here, she speaks rather frankly and poetically about the horror the situation, the loss of one she loved, and the strange reality of death. She then follows on to talk about herself, 19-years-old and trying to break free of the dark restraints of her Liverpool life to enter the world of modelling. She speaks about each shoot, about each step she took to break through – about the way that people would slap afro wigs on her because her hair was too short, about the way she was always poised in one specific way in front of the camera – a “Nuban beauty”.
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