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'Where My Girls At?': An exploration of theatrical space and black female identity

Amaka Ejizu photo

Amaka Ejizu (IATL funding recipient and project lead)

What is theatre for? Who gets to occupy theatrical space? What narratives do we tell in these spaces and who gets to tell them?

Through a written research project and performance 'Where My Girls At?' examined the construction of theatrical spaces and the room black women are afforded in these spaces. With a focus on theatrical spaces at Warwick University (as a microcosm for wider society), the project aimed to disrupt and dismantle the normalisation of black women being omitted from theatrical spaces, by placing them at the centre of them. Through a collaborative devising process the ensemble created a project that explored, interrogated and celebrated black female identity and community.