So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman. Exploring cultural and generational shifts in how women see themselves and each other, this sassy and soulful new show asks what happens when we realise mums don’t always know best.
So Many Reasons comes from a creative collaboration between writer Racheal Ofori and performer Heather Agyepong. Ofori’s previous show Portrait was a critical success, touring extensively, appearing at the Southbank Centre (Women of the World Festival, 2015) and broadcast on BBC. Agyepong has just finished playing Haleema in the critical acclaimed play Girls written by Theresa Ikoko. She has also recently been commissioned by Tate to produce a series of images and co-curate two weeks of programming around privilege, cultural production and resistance.
It's refreshing to hear someone tackle faith onstage without shame, embarrassment or cynicism, and Ofori really wrestles with her feminist theological dilemma.
Ofori is a hugely engaging performer
What distinguishes Ofori’s approach is her gentleness: it’s bittersweet, rather than grotesque, focusing on capturing a girl and the two cultures she lives between.