On Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending the press performance of a new production by writer Baby Ishako called Kinks And All. The production took place at The Soho Theatre at the unusually early start time of 4.30pm. It’s based on a podcast that was in development last year which has now expanded to a fully realised theatrical production. Kinks and All is essentially a love story about two friends who grew up on a notorious housing estate in the ‘90s, who eventually become lovers and have to navigate all the challenges that come from being teenagers in love, whilst residing in a crime ridden area. But this is far from a tale of woe. On the contrary, Kinks And All is a fun, uplifting narrative that shows the resilience of those who grew up in disadvantaged areas, while taking audiences down memory lane through discussions of black hair with a banging soul/ R&B/Garage soundtrack (think SWV, So Solid Crew and TLC), and cultural references that speak to the experiences of Black Londoners who grew up in the ‘90s. Directed by Victor Adebodun of Purple Geko, the play is essentially a series of monologues told by the two protagonists – Jason and Krystal – with two actors assigned to each character, in this case, Letitia Hector and Alaba Nwanya play Krystal while Aaron Fontaine and Moses Gomes Santos both portray Jason. At 90 minutes long, it’s a short yet exhilarating production, and certainly timely considering the appetite for all things nineties at the moment. Click here for news of future performances.