What’s On: Queen of Sheba, Battersea Arts Centre

A performance based on a true event in 2015 where four women were turned away from a nightclub for ‘being too dark’ is coming to Battersea Arts Centre in November.

The four women were turned away from DSTRKT in London’s West End and the play touches on themes that all black women will be able to relate to such as using chemicals in your hair and on your skin to make it whiter.

Queens of Sheba addresses the issues black women face in society known as misogynoir, and the way many are forced to conform to European beauty standards.

Misogynoir is defined as the specific prejudice directed towards black women where race and gender both influence the bias.

It departs from the traditional methods of Western storytelling and uses elements of spoken word, physical theatre, dance and music from the African diaspora.

The play also confronts the status quo, tackles the truth and speaks it stripping back the words which take centre stage.

The show is an award-winning play by spoken word artist, Jessica L. Hagan and adapted for the stage by Nouveau Riché artistic director and co-founder Ryan Calais Cameron.

Queens of Sheba runs from November 18-23.

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