How does blackness inform and impact identity? It’s a question at the heart of Chinonyerem Odimba’s musical, which comes with music by Ben and Max Ringham, and which was first seen as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout season last summer. The story of black brother and sister Aurora and Orion, living in a small South London flat and surrounded by memories of their parents’ love, gets a chance to spread its wings and fly onto a main house stage. Good to see this questing and joyful exploration of family and race in the UK today getting a wider viewing.
Meet Aurora and Orion. Sister and brother. Constellations in time. More than blood. More than just fam. Inside their small London flat, memories of their parents’ Black love surrounds them. When that love is threatened, they must first find understanding and connection before they can begin to find a way back to one another. An explosion of form-busting storytelling, Black Love celebrates and investigates the Black experience through music, real-life stories and imagined worlds. This ‘beautiful ode to black society and home’ (The Guardian) is not to be missed. Age Recommendation: 14+