Theatre: Fragments Of A Complicated Mind, at the Theatre503, Battersea.

A darkly funny and masterfully crafted vignette play, which explores the whacky, obscene and unspoken thoughts of a complex mind will take to the
stage this week.

Written and directed by award-winning multidisciplinary artist and playwright, Damilola DK Fashola, who also stars in the theatre piece, Fragments Of A Complicated Mind interrogates race, religion, sex and cultural expectations, with witty word play steeped in satire.

Damilola DK Fashola said: “The play is about stereotypes and cultural pressures, what you are supposed to be like as a black girl, as a writer.

“It is about finding yourself through your thoughts. It’s therapy, it’s about rationalising your thoughts and if your thoughts have to be rationalised?

Experiencing the full breadth of your mind with all of its conflicting thoughts through the mind of a black female writer in the arts industry.

“I want the audience to think differently, leaving having dismantled some of their stereotypes about women, about black women, about what theatre can be, what it should look like, what it’s supposed to look like on
black bodies.

“When I started theatre making in 2009, there wasn’t really room for, or an understanding of the style.

“We were the only black/brown women I saw in these spaces, from open mics to pubs to scratches, talking like we did and how we did.

“In trying to push further, theatres would say ‘Oh we like you, but we are not really sure’, but recently everyone’s been reaching out saying ‘It’s time, the world is ready now’.”

Fragments of a Complicated Mind runs from January 21 to February 1 at the Theatre503 in Battersea.

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