Rafiq is mixed race, a mongrel, born to a black man with snakes for hair and a Muslim mother obsessed with Midsomer Murders. Considered white by the black kids at school because he smiles in photos and sometimes watches Heartbeat on a Sunday evening, he’s the literal black sheep of his Indian family, with an unhealthy desire for a particular pastry that stands between him and religious acceptance.
Is Sanjay from Eastenders really his dad? Is he the same colour as a Twix? What does it mean to belong? And, ultimately, can he walk like a black man to impress the black half-brothers and sister he’s about to meet for the first time?
A huge hit at the Camden Fringe 2011 and Brighton Fringe 2012, Walk Like a Black Man is a no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical one-man show from actor and writer Rafiq Richard.
With humorous anecdotes, emotive recollections and witty observations he invites you to join him as he explores a formative moment in his life as a mixed race teenager growing up in south London during the mid-90s.
Rafiq Richard is a London-born actor and makes his writing début with Walk Like a Black Man. His acting credits include the feature film Mutant Chronicles, The 21st Galway Film Fleadh wildcard pick Rapt in Eire and Redurtninterior at the Cockpit Theatre.
‘This one-man show is a brilliant expression of contemporary racial identity using comic flair and heartfelt, real life experience’
**** Fringe Review
‘A rewarding piece of dryly funny theatre … a thoughtful, witty look at what it can mean to be a child of mixed parents’ Chortle