As part of Black History Month 2022, Purple Moon Drama youth arts organisation brings you Essentially Black, a new play from Naomi Denny.
It’s 2016. The Rhodes Must Fall movement has come to Oxford University, and students Jess and Lydia are at the heart of it.
Neither are white, and surviving at an elite University whilst Black is no easy task.
Jess is leading a campaign to get a statue of Cecil Rhodes removed from campus. Lydia is trying to challenge and decolonise the curriculum they are taught.
Their mission is to get their university to be as inclusive and accepting as possible – so why does it feel like they’re fighting on their own?
Adapted for a younger audience from the sell-out show at Soho Theatre, Essentially Black looks at what happens when race and elite universities collide, and asks who truly has the right to protest in a time when representation and authenticity are being called into question.
Essentially Black comes with a professionally facilitated post-show workshop that gives audiences the opportunity to unpack the themes of the show in a safe and creatively held space.
The show and workshop are taking place on Wednesday 19 October from 4 – 6pm.