Chiaroscuro

by Jackie Kay
A Bush Theatre Production
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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.

Four women take up their instruments. The recording light switches to on.

Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but 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?

Soulful live music and spoken word collide in this bold reimagining of Scottish National Poet Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece.  Directed by Lynette Linton (Sweat, Richard II), Chiaroscuro is a celebration of queer women of colour across generations set to a breathtaking score by Shiloh Coke.

“Joyful and poignant”
Evening Standard ★★★★★
“The performances are exquisite”
Within Her Words ★★★★★
“Exceptionally tender”
Time Out ★★★★
“Powerfully inclusive”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“A bold statement of intent”
The Stage ★★★★
“Triumphant”
Broadway World ★★★★

Chiaroscuro is the final edition in the Passing the Baton series, following the acclaimed revivals of Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking (2018) and Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit (2019).

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Preeya Kalidas
Preeya's television and film credits include: C4 Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC England Expects with Steven Mackintosh, C4’s Jump BoyEast is East, BBC’s Casualty, BBC’s Doctors, BBC’s Goggle eyes, BBC’s Banglatown Banquet, international box office hit film Bend It Like Beckham and Bollywood Queen starring with James McAvoy. On stage Preeya originated the leading role of Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams produced by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber at London’s Victoria Apollo Theatre to rave reviews. After spending a year in the show Preeya was offered a leading series regular leading role in the Jed Mercurio’s critically acclaimed BBC series Bodies alongside Keith Allen and Max Beesley.   After starring in two series of Bodies she played the feisty Brazilian female lead, Loraina, in Oxford Street at The Royal Court. After a successful run at The Royal Court, Andrew Lloyd Webber personally offered her the leading female role of the Narrator in the revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre, West End. Next, Preeya played the role of Carrie in series 2 of BBC’s Mistresses and soon after the series regular role of Amira Shah in BBC’s EastEnders. This was followed by playing Sofia in Chris Morris’s BAFTA and Empire Film award winning feature film Four Lions alongside Riz Ahmed.  She then played the leading role of Carmen in BBC’s Bafta nominated Bollywood Carmen which was broadcast live on BBC Three. It was then that Preeya returned to The Royal Court Theatre where she played the leading role, Reema, in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s Khandan.  After a number of workshops Preeya originated the role of Pinky for the stage version of Bend it Like Beckham playing at the Phoenix Theatre, West End & for which she was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at The Olivier Awards.  Most recently Preeya played one of the female leads - Patty Di Marcoin the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and Aisha in BBC3’s Comedy Pilot Hounslow Diaries.  Preeya also hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday 1-3pm.  
Gloria Onitiri
Gloria's theatre productions include Napoli, Brooklyn (National Tour/Park Theatre), Hadestown (National Theatre), Brighton Rock (National Tour/Pilot Theatre), 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Globe Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Stripper (St James Theatre), Clybourne Park (National Tour), Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre), Home Theatre UK (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Green Living (Old Vic/New Voices), Jack & the Beanstalk (Park Theatre), Egusi Soup (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Bodyguard (The Adelphi Theatre), The Tempest (Bath Theatre Royal), Charlotte’s Web (Polka Theatre), Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Amphibians (Offstage Theatre), Hurried Steps (New Shoes Theatre), The Lion King (The Lyceum) and Been So Long (Young Vic). Her television appearances include Grace Under Pressure (Sky Arts), Doctors (BBC), Splatalot (BBC/ABC/YTV), The Window (IWC Media/Channel 4), Porgy and Bess (BBC Opera), Bad Girls (Shed Productions) and Grass (BBC). On film she has appeared in Resurrecting the Street Walker (Scala Films).
Anoushka Lucas
Anoushka is a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. Her music has been championed on Radio 2, where she has appeared on the Jamie Cullum show and BBC Introducing, and she was the inaugural winner of Jazz FM's Love Supreme Competition in 2013. She has sold out shows at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the 606, and Bush Hall to name a few, and in the past year supported Tom Oddell, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ashley Henry. Her debut album Dark Soul will be released on July 12th 2019. As a theatre composer, Anoushka co-composed an original score for Klook's Last Stand (Park Theatre, 2014/NAMT Festival 2017) with Omar Lyefook, and The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2015) with Sheila Atim and Nikki Yeoh - both with books by Che Walker. Anoushka also composed and performed in Sparks (2018, Edinburgh Festival, voted Best Musical of The Fringe) by Jessica Butcher. As an actor, Anoushka played Mary Magdalene in the Olivier Award winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, 2016) and appeared in Sparks (Vault Festival/Edinburgh Festival/High Tide Festival 2018).
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Shiloh Coke
Shiloh is currently starring in Small Island at the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris on the Oliver stage. She previously appeared in Arinze Kene’s critically-acclaimed show Misty at the Bush, which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, for which she was also an MD and Musician.  Other stage credits include Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse/ St Anne’s Warehouse New York), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse) and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse). On screen Shiloh will soon appear in Aisling Bea’s new comedy This Way Up for Channel 4.

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