Fresh from an award-winning stint on off-Broadway comes Kirsten Child’s celebrated musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, which opens at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on 1st February and runs until 11th March. Viveca Stanton is a bright and talented African-American young woman who comes from a middle-class background and dreams of becoming a dancer. Amidst the backdrop of the politically turbulent ’60s, she finds herself trying to break free from the restrictions of racism and sexism to enter the world of showbiz. As race relations start to intensify, Viveca chooses to deal with the brewing tension by adopting an optimistic manner instead of harnessing the revolutionary tactics adopted by some of her peers. But will this attitude best serve her?
Black Girl is a humorous coming-of-age story spanning the sixties through the nineties, backed by an original score fusing Motown, pop and R&B. Josette Bushell-Mingo directs while Karis Jack stars in the lead role with a supporting cast which includes Jay Marsh and Sharon Wattis. Ticket prices range from £12-£26 and can be booked here.