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Fuel and Ovalhouse present

So Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori and FUEL

Created by Racheal Ofori and Kate Hewitt

Performed by Heather Agyepong

This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • Thu 20 Apr – Fri 21 Apr, 7:45pm

Venue: Upstairs

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

Melissa is 26. She has finally started to put her degree to use, she is paying back that loan, and she discovers she's pregnant. Suddenly faced with the reality of bringing a baby girl into the world, Melissa reflects on her relationship with her own mother, and on how much – or how little - the world has changed for women.

So Many Reasons is a new work inspired in part by Anna Reading’s A Letter to my Dearest Daughter and fuses narrative and poetry. 

The show explores the disparity between what a mother hopes for and passes on to her daughter, and what a daughter aspires to for herself, and at generational shifts in attitude to sexuality, body image, relationships and aspirations.

A new work in development created by Racheal Ofori and Kate Hewitt, following their collaboration on Portrait.

“An impressive performance from Ofori, deftly directed by Kate Hewitt. Portrait is an exciting show from a writer / performer we'll hopefully hear more from soon.” **** The List

  • Thu 20 Apr, 7:45pm
  • Fri 21 Apr, 7:45pm

Racheal Ofori - Writer/co-creator @racheal_ofori

Kate Hewitt - Director/co-creator @misskatehewitt

Heather Agyepong - Performer @heatha_a

Tanya Stephenson - Prod manager @tanyajoelle

Fuel - Producer @FuelTheatre

Racheal Ofori

Graduating with a BA Hons in Acting, Rachel Ofori has since worked in theatre, television and radio. 2016 saw Racheal perform in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, and reprise her hit one-woman show Portrait, produced by Fuel, at the Southbank Centre as part of the Women of the World Festival. The success of Portrait led to appearances on BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Her work in theatre also includes The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe. Television work includes the BBC’s Wizards Vs. Aliens, directed by Lee Haven-Jones, and Simon Amstell’s feature length documentary Carnage for BBC iPlayer.  Racheal can next be seen performing in Sam Pritchard’s Pygmalion a Headlong, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production.

 

Kate Hewitt

Kate directed Racheal's first show Portrait in 2015.  She is a winner of the JMK Young Director Award 2014 and the inaugural RTST Director Award 2016. She will direct Tribes by Nina Raine at the Crucible Studio Theatre in July 2017. She was recently named as one of Variety magazine’s  '10 Brits to Watch in 2017’.

Kate’s most recent production Kiki's Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse 2016/17 received rave reviews and will be remounted in August 2017.  Prior to that she directed the National Youth Theatre production of Romeo & Juliet at the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End, Tomcat (Southwark playhouse), Far Away (Young Vic), Twins by James Fritz (Arcola Minitursits), Comment is Free (Old Vic New voices), and more. Kate trained in Lecoq physical theatre at LISPA and as an actor with NYT, she worked a performer with Kneehigh as well as cofounding international theatre company You Need Me.

Kate is currently the associate director on Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of  One Love: The Bob Marley Musical at the Birmingham Rep. She was the associate director on Sam Mendes’ production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

 

Heather Agyepong

Heather Agyepong is a visual artist and performer based in London. She has recently become an Associate Artist at Talawa Theatre. She completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at City of Westminster College. She also attended the University of Kent where she studied a BSc Applied Psychology and has recently completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures where she was awarded the Kirsty MacColl Scholarship. She was part of the Tricycle Theatre's Young Company and Talawa TYPT in 2015/16. She performed as Colette in Jagged Edge which was part of Rich Mix's Radical Ideas Festival. Previous credits include: Yerma (Yerma,) Tiresias (Antigone), Voice #2 (4.48 Psychosis) and Orsino (Twelfth Night). Film credits include: Journalist (Twenty8K) and Dancer (Motherland). She has performed and exhibited work both nationally and internationally and was recently commissioned to produce work for Autograph ABP, London. 

Additional information

So Many Reasons is a part of Ovalhouse' FiRST BiTES series of new performance pieces, currently in development and presented as work-in-progress showings.

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