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Dark and Lovely by Selina Thompson SOLD OUT

Selina Thompson has been exploring afro hair: its politics, its connotations, its history and what it tells us about being Black, British and Female in the UK today.

  • Wheelchair Access
This event is part of the Fabulism autumn 2015 season
  • Weds 7 – Sat 10 October 19.30pm, Weds 14 – Sat 17 October 19.30pm, Sat Matinee 10 October 2pm

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Venue: Downstairs

Dark & Lovely is a performance from inside the Tumbleweave; a home for hair built from abandoned weaves and extensions. Using recorded conversation, music and written text Selina explores the complexities of social debate surrounding Black hair, transforming the Tumbleweave, which is admittedly ‘a little bit gross’, into something beautiful, which can transcend the weight of all the connotations placed upon it, and reveal just what our hair does, and more importantly, doesn’t tell us, about what it is to be Black.



Please note this performance is around 1 hour 10 mins and the audience will be required to stand throughout. If you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Box Office on 020 7582 7680.


Dark and Lovely is part of our autumn 2015 theatre season FABULISM, celebrating the fantastical in the everyday setting. Click here to take a look the other shows that make up FABULISM.


  • Wed 7 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 8 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 9 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 10 Oct, 2:00pm
  • Sat 10 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Wed 14 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 15 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 16 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 17 Oct, 7:30pm

Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds. Her work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. She has made work for pubs, cafes, hairdressers, toilets, and sometimes even galleries and theatres, including Spill Festival of Performance, The National Theatre Studio, The Birmingham REP, East Street Arts and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Over the past couple of years she’s been developing a body of works called ‘Edible Women’, exploring the fat body, dieting, control around food, and how much of a mess she can get away with creating with an audience and a taste for excess. This group of works saw her make a theatre show, build a dress out of cake, and spend quite a lot of time listening to people confess their food sins, as well as sharing many of her own.

She is currently in the middle of developing two new projects: the first exploring black identity within the UK and further afield (for this one she built a giant ball of hair) and the second looking at unemployment and job centres (built a job centre for that one). It’s not as much fun as working with food, but it is less sticky.

Additional information

Commissioned by East Street Arts, supported by Leeds Inspired and by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photo credit: Shot by Sodium

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