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cheeky little brown

By Nkenna Akunna

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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, Belgrade Theatre & Bristol Old Vic co-production

Original photograph by Myah Jeffers

Cast and Creative Team

Writer & Composer            Nkenna Akunna

Director                               Chinonyerem Odimba 

Performer                            Tiajna Amayo

Freelance Producer            Shaelee Rooke

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


Bristol Old Vic 

Thursday 21st September – Saturday 14th October

Show times 8pm

Accessible performances - BSL interpreted show on October 7th 

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 

Tuesday 24th October-  Saturday 28th October

Showtimes 7:45pm. Sat matinee: 2:15pm

​Accessible performances  - BSL interpreted show on October 27th

The Lowry

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st October 

Showtimes 8pm Sat matinee 2:30pm

Derby Theatre

Monday 30th October - Friday 3rd November

Showtimes 8pm Sat matinee 2.30pm

Accessible performances - BSL interpreted show on November 2nd & Captioned November 3rd

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