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Fuel presents

So Many Reasons

Written and performed by Racheal Ofori | Directed by Zoe Lafferty

My Mum said to me 

‘if you ever have children, don't have girls.
They give you too much of a headache.’ 

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 6 Mar – Sat 10 Mar, 7:30pm

Running time: 70 mins

Venue: Downstairs

So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman. Exploring cultural and generational shifts in how women see themselves and each other, this sassy and soulful new show asks what happens when we realise mums don't always know best.

Ofori’s previous show Portrait was a critical success, touring extensively, appearing at the Southbank Centre (Women of the World Festival, 2015) and broadcast on BBC.


‘a blistering indictment of British society’ EXEUNT

‘Fresh, fun and utterly vital’ ★★★★ THE LIST

‘Ofori’s excellent writing fuses poetry and prose to allow each character to vividly leap off the page’ THE STAGE

‘Fearless and uplifting’ THE SCOTSMAN

‘Exuberant, scattershot, solo show from a genuine talent’ THE GUARDIAN

Ages 14+ *Contains sexually explicit content

Thursday 8 March | International Women's Day celebration!

Join us after the show on 8 March for an International Women's Day celebration in the Ovalhouse bar! Hosted by the fantastic feminist trailblazers Bechdel Theatre.


Anna Reading, who will read A Letter to my Daughter, the heartfelt letter to her seven-year-old daughter which inspired the play. Anna will also read an excerpt from a new work.

Eva Edo, will read from her new piece Wonder Girl

Ness Lyons, a playwright, performance poet and legal storytelling consultant, will read an excerpt from 'For A Girl' and 'Motherboard'.

Madi-Maxwell Libby, who will read an excerpt from her upcoming FiRST BiTE Massive Sense of Urgency 

As well as a poetry reading by Racheal Ofori herself!

...  and some delicious feminist themed cocktails!


  • Tue 6 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Wed 7 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Thu 8 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Fri 9 Mar, 7:30pm
  • Sat 10 Mar, 7:30pm

Racheal Ofori - Writer and perfomer @racheal_ofori

Zoe Lafferty - Director @zoe_lafferty

Fuel - Producer

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.

Additional information

Co-presented with Camden People’s Theatre and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Home Run Commission. Funded by Arts Council England and the Leche Trust. Development supported by Ovalhouse.

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