Shades of Brown – Rich Mix – Theatre

Shades of Brown - Rich Mix - Theatre

A post-show discussion will be held on Thursday 6 November.

Shades of Brown
Written and performed by Rani Moorthy. Directed by Linda Marlowe

Can one person’s healthy glow be another’s social stigma?

Shades of Brown sees charismatic performer Rani Moorthy, with her celebrated mix of warm and powerful story telling, transforming into funny and poignant characters who share an ironic kinship through the one thing they cannot hide or hide from – their skin.

Coming out of the shadows, an albino Zulu questions what Mandela would do as she faces superstition and prejudice in post apartheid South Africa where she is still the ‘wrong’ colour. On the brink of reversing her condition, an Asian scientist afflicted by vitiligo questions how brown she is prepared to go. On the eve of her big day a skin-bleaching Indian bride vents anger at Shilpa Shetty as she questions the damage done to her own skin in pursuit of beauty.

As money and time is poured into tanning or bleaching, the play explores how skin colour prejudice is more than an issue of Black/White racism. As an indicator of identity, ethnicity and status within ones own community, Rani uses both painful truths and ironic black humour to explore the deep-rooted contradictions and trauma involved when an individual has too much or too little skin pigment. Each sympathetic and vibrant monologue portrays the pain of rejection when skin colour is questioned, and reveals the challenge that an individual’s unique colour may present to there own community.

Also see Linda Marlowe’s Believe at Rich Mix on Saturday 8 November!

Region: All
Start Date: 06/11/2008
End Date: 07/11/2008
Start Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Rich Mix Cultural Foundation
Venue Address: 35-47 Bethnal Green, London
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: claire nouvel
Phone: 02076137496