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Identity Crisis by Phina Oruche

This comic tale examines Phina's own observations on what others have made of her black identity as she worked her way through being fashion model, actress, radio presenter and writer in a world of fickle media.

  • Tue 9 May – Sat 13 May, 7:45pm

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

“Identity Crisis was created when my life stopped when tragedy struck. I plunged into a deep, dark, interminable grief. The range of emotions I felt and the questions I posed about life and what my value was, made me feel at times like I was in crisis.”

Beginning with the real life story of the sudden death of Phina's 19-year-old niece in her house in 2011 and the ensuing press intrusion, this show presents us with 60 images of Phina in fashion and provides an illuminating, humorous and candid exposition of life under the glare of the media spotlight. 

Phina portrays nine characters: Black, White, Old, Young, Male and Female, each having an Identity Crisis and explores identity struggles that are common to all of us. Through its simple key staging, the show provides a perfect vehicle for Phina's larger than life characterisations


“Oruche’s energetic performance is fresh and raw as she explores the identity struggles. Oruche is clever. Her play is hilarious.”
★★★★1/2 The Reviews Hub - South West in Review


"Phina's ability to gauge just the right level of humour when re-enacting painful experiences was sublime throughout. Quite often the interactions Phina had with the other characters were met with raucous laughter and quickly countered with gasps of disbelief and heartfelt sympathy. It was story-telling at its finest. A roller coaster of emotions"  
★★★★ North West End Review


  • Tue 9 May, 7:45pm
  • Wed 10 May, 7:45pm
  • Thu 11 May, 7:45pm
  • Fri 12 May, 7:45pm
  • Sat 13 May, 7:45pm

Developed at Edge Hill University Arts Centre

Phina Oruche Writer/ Performer
Bill Hopkinson Director/ Dramaturg
Hewell Newell Digital Projections
Liz Barker Tech and Projections

Additional information

Supported using public funding from the national lottery through Arts Council England. 

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