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Chiaroscuro Tickets

London Musical
Jackie Kay's Chiaroscuro reimagined at the Bush Theatre
I want to find it all now know our names know the others in history so many women have been lost at sea so many stories have been swept away Chiaroscuro: (noun) the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but when Aisha hosts a dinner party, the friends soon discover that they’re all looking for an answer to the same question. Does it lie in Aisha’s childhood? Or in Beth and Opal’s new romance? Who will tell them who they really are? What starts out as a friendly conversation between women, soon turns heated when Yomi reveals what she really thinks about Beth and Opal’s relationship. Live music and spoken word collide in an explosive gig-theatre event that breathes new life into Scottish National Poet Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece. Directed by Lynette Linton (Sweat, Richard II), this bold reimagining explores the experiences of women of colour across generations and celebrates female identity from the 1980s to now. Chiaroscuro will be the final edition in the Passing the Baton series, following the acclaimed revival of Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking (2018), and the anticipated production of Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit (2019).
  • local_play Tickets from only £23
  • date_range Aug 31, 2019 → Oct 5, 2019
  • assistant Bush Theatre
    7 Uxbridge Road,London, W12 8LJ
  • subway Shepherd's Bush Market / Shepherd's Bush
  • access_time To be confirmed.
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From the Production


Rated 5 out of 5 (3 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Sep 17, 2019

    Great show. Brilliant actresses with good balance between music and script

  • Review Avatar Sep 25, 2019

    Loved the show. Such talented actors. It was in turn funny, thought provoking and a little sad. Highly entertaining. The musical numbers and the singing were particularly good.

  • Review Avatar Oct 3, 2019

    This is an excellent combination of poetic writing, inspired musical collaboration performed by 4 very talented and professional actors. It was a tender reminder of what exploring and persueing a a lesbian relationship and facing common stereotypes involved in the 70s. I hope helps many younger people today may appreciate why so many older lesbian and gay individuals still have difficulty in finding their "home".