…cake

…cake

How do queer, Black femmes achieve legitimacy when their soil is hostile?

Overview

What happens to their roots?

Who deserves solace on a sinking island where performativity is currency?

…cake, a psychological drama which unapologetically queers the existing complexities of family, roots and belonging; where power and duty dance in equal measure.

Written by Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 finalist, actor and poet babirye bukilwa, …cake forms part of a trilogy of plays and is a prequel to bukilwa’s acclaimed …blackbird hour (also shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 and Alfred Fagon Award 2020). A first for the venue, this piece of new writing will be produced in-house, with the drama premiering as a fully staged production here at Theatre Peckham across 4 weeks from the 13 July until 7 August.

bukilwa, who completed the play during the pandemic, says they wanted to write a story through a Black queer femme lens that interrogates the meaning and function of love and self-worth in an exploitative climate of working-class London in the noughties. At its heart, the play examines performativity in relationships and how generational trauma can be inherited.

Critic reviews

A devastating and necessary watch

A Younger Theatre

Stunning second part of babirye bukilwa’s trilogy of plays about learning how to love

The Stage

A claustrophobic tale of intergenerational trauma

The Independent

Date & time

Until 07 Aug
Tue 13 Jul - Sat 7 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, London SE5 7SD London, UK · Get Directions
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