Black Birds

A performance about home, belonging and - most importantly - hair.

Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash have a few things in common; names that seem difficult to pronounce, hair and the colour of their skin.

The list could continue but nothing unites them more than their experiences as brown gals with Afros. Is their hair so big because it’s full of secrets? Find out as they discuss, explore and offer a vision for what it means to be a woman of colour in modern day Australia.

Adding spice to the traditional theatrical form and reimagining the rule book, this show will blend music, movement, spoken word and real stories to create a performance experience like you’ve not had before.

Created and Performed by Emele and Ayeesha, Black Birds has been supported in various forms by Festival Fatale, aMBUSH Gallery and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The performance will draw in actors, artists as well as musicians and will offer audiences at The Joan the chance to be first to see this innovative new work.

This homegrown production has its roots right here in Penrith through The Q’s Artist in Residence program and we are delighted to bring local audiences its full-scale evolution.

Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring your hair.

It’s frenetic, it’s fast-paced — it’s life. – Concrete Playground

It’s a performance piece with a mission. The women want their stories to stay with you, and they have infused them with the power of ritual to ensure that they do… – Time Out Sydney

TICKETS
Standard $35
Concession $30
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2017 SUBSCRIPTION PRICES – BUY MORE AND SAVE!

Adult Concession Purchase Saving*
4 Pack $188 $168 BUY NOW Up to $87
6 Pack $252 $222 BUY NOW $53-$153
8 Pack $320 $280 BUY NOW  $115-$200

*Savings based on single ticket price

Want a bigger pack? Contact our Box Office (02 4723 7600) and we’ll be happy to help.

SINGLE TICKETS

Standard $35
Concession $30

Buy Tickets »

Schools

Student $18 / 1 teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased

Teachers: download the booking form here.

Produced by The Q

Q_PMS

Emele Ugavule

Ayeesha Ash

  • Thursday, Mar 30 2017 7:30pm
  • Friday, Mar 31 2017 7:30pm
  • Friday, Mar 31 2017 12:30pm Schools Performance
  • Saturday, Apr 1 2017 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Apr 1 2017 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Apr 6 2017 7:30pm
  • Friday, Apr 7 2017 7:30pm
  • Friday, Apr 7 2017 12:30pm Schools Performance
  • Saturday, Apr 8 2017 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Apr 8 2017 7:30pm

Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash have a few things in common; names that seem difficult to pronounce, hair and the colour of their skin.

The list could continue but nothing unites them more than their experiences as brown gals with Afros. Is their hair so big because it’s full of secrets? Find out as they discuss, explore and offer a vision for what it means to be a woman of colour in modern day Australia.

Adding spice to the traditional theatrical form and reimagining the rule book, this show will blend music, movement, spoken word and real stories to create a performance experience like you’ve not had before.

Created and Performed by Emele and Ayeesha, Black Birds has been supported in various forms by Festival Fatale, aMBUSH Gallery and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The performance will draw in actors, artists as well as musicians and will offer audiences at The Joan the chance to be first to see this innovative new work.

This homegrown production has its roots right here in Penrith through The Q’s Artist in Residence program and we are delighted to bring local audiences its full-scale evolution.

Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring your hair.

It’s frenetic, it’s fast-paced — it’s life. – Concrete Playground

It’s a performance piece with a mission. The women want their stories to stay with you, and they have infused them with the power of ritual to ensure that they do… – Time Out Sydney

TICKETS
Standard $35
Concession $30
Or subscribe & save!

2017 SUBSCRIPTION PRICES – BUY MORE AND SAVE!

Adult Concession Purchase Saving*
4 Pack $188 $168 BUY NOW Up to $87
6 Pack $252 $222 BUY NOW $53-$153
8 Pack $320 $280 BUY NOW  $115-$200

*Savings based on single ticket price

Want a bigger pack? Contact our Box Office (02 4723 7600) and we’ll be happy to help.

SINGLE TICKETS

Standard $35
Concession $30

Buy Tickets »

Schools

Student $18 / 1 teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased

Teachers: download the booking form here.

Produced by The Q

Q_PMS

Emele Ugavule

Ayeesha Ash

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Devised, Directed and Performed by
Ayeesha Ash and Emele Ugavule
Designer Tyler Hawkins
Lighting Designer Amber Silk
Composer & Sound Designer Ben Pierpoint
Choreographer Sarah Vai
Dramaturg Sopa Enari
Stage Manager Olivia Benson

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