Dark and Lovely

  • Selina Thompson presents Dark & Lovely Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

  • Selina Thompson presents Dark & Lovely Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

  • Selina Thompson presents Dark & Lovely Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

  • Selina Thompson presents Dark & Lovely Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

Dark & Lovely is a nationally touring solo show. The project is inspired by Selina’s research into the cultural and social debate surrounding Black hair, and how this contributes to our understanding of Black identity. Originally developed with East Street Arts, Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England – Dark & Lovely toured to 6 venues in Autumn 2015 to sell out audiences and 5star reviews.

a solo show that gets to the roots of more than just hair‘ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

 

Chapeltown, February 2014

Dark & Lovely was originally developed with the residents of Chapeltown Road, Leeds.

In the six months leading to the final performances, Selina rooted herself in salons and beauty shops in Chapeltown. Collecting the stories and opinions of those she spoke to, Selina explored afro hair: it’s politics, it’s connotations and what it tells us about being Black, British and Young in the UK today.

The final performances saw Selina take centre stage inside a giant ‘tumble-weave’ made from weaves and extensions. Using recorded conversation, music and written text the performance explores the complexities of the social debate surrounding black hair. Transforming the tumble-weave, which she described as ‘a little bit gross’, into some- thing beautiful, which can transcend the weight of all the connotations placed upon it.

Read Selina’s article in Exeunt on ‘The Question of the White Gaze’ here.

National Tour, Autumn 2015

Throughout October and November 2015, Dark and Lovely toured to sell out audiences at:

Ovalhouse, London
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Birmingham REP
Sheffield Theatres, hosted by Eclipse Theatre Company
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford.

Reviews:
5stars – Afridiziak
5stars – West End Wilma
4.5stars – London Theatre
4stars – The Stage

 

 

Dark & Lovely Reading List:

Lots of people got in touch following the show to request a reading list of the various authors, filmmakers and television programmes Selina talks about during the show. Here you go:

1) Beyond the Lights (film, 2013)

2) Waiting to Exhale (film,1995)

3) Cool Runnings (film, 1993)

4) Complete works of Audre Lorde, especially The Cancer Journals and Sister Outsider

5) Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

6) Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

7) ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder

8) Junglepussy – https://soundcloud.com/junglepussy

9) Cleopatra – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blQmgusV40M

Supported By:

Commissioned by East Street Arts, generously supported by Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England.

Promoter/Programmer information:

For a touring pack and further information, please contact Emma Beverley on emmabevfreelance@gmail.com