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cheeky little brown

By Nkenna Akunna

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★ ★ ★ ★ “Irresistibly funny” - The Stage 

★ ★ ★ ★ “Joyously uplifting” - StageTalk Magazine 



How do you break up with your best friend?

“When you’ve known someone basically your whole life,
Since you were five,
And you know all the same people,
And everyone you know knows you as one special Thing,

Meet Lady, a determined sharp-tongued charmer who loves her best friend Gemma as much as she loves a late-night kebab. It’s Gemma’s birthday party. The two haven’t seen each other for six months.

cheeky little brown, by the Papatango Prize-winning playwright Nkenna Akunna (Some of Us Exist in the Future), is a failed night out, a musical, a show about heartbreak and queerness, taking place on a journey through the city Lady calls home.

With original songs, this coming-of-age story examines a friendship between two Black women, on diverging paths of self-love and acceptance.

A tiata fahodzi production. Directed by Chinonyerem Odimba. Original tour co-produced by tiata fahodzi, Bristol Old Vic & Belgrade Theatre. 

Cast and Creative Team

Writer & Composer            Nkenna Akunna

Director                               Chinonyerem Odimba 

Performer                            Tiajna Amayo

Freelance Producer            Jake Orr

Designer                             Aldo Vazquez

Lighting Designer              Jodie Underwood

Sound Designer                 Esther Kehinde Ajayi

Music Arrangement & Production      Rafay Rashid & Dennis Ryan

Vocal Coach                         Abdul Shyllon

Casting Director                   Heather Basten CDG

Stage Manager                     Madeleine Coward

Touring Stage Manager       Oliver de Rohan 

Production Manager            Jo Woodcock 

PR                                          Diana Whitehead

Original Poster Photography       Myah Jeffers

Illustration                                      Parys Gardener 

Rehearsal Photography                Rebecca Need-Menear  

Production Photography              Craig Fuller

Rehearsal and Production Trailer      Camilla Adams 

BSL Interpreters                                  Sherrie Eugene-Hart



Stratford East

Tuesday 16th April - Saturday 21st April 

Friday 19th BSL Interpreted

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