13 July – 7 Aug 2021

Theatre Peckham

cake, Theatre Peckham
cake, Theatre Peckham

Theatre Peckham, an award-winning cultural venue in the heart of South-East London announces the premiere of …cake, a psychological drama which unapologetically queers the existing complexities of family, roots and belonging; where power and duty dance in equal measure.

Written by Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 finalist, actor and poet babirye bukilwa, …cake forms part of a trilogy of plays and is a prequel to bukilwa’s acclaimed …blackbird hour (also shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 and Alfred Fagon Award 2020). A first for the venue, this piece of new writing will be produced in-house, with the drama premiering as a fully staged production at Theatre Peckham across 4 weeks from the 13 July until 7 August.

bukilwa, who completed the play during the pandemic, says they wanted to write a story through a Black queer femme lens that interrogates the meaning and function of love and self-worth in an exploitative climate of working-class London in the noughties. At its heart, the play examines performativity in relationships and how generational trauma can be inherited.

Danielle Kassarate (Sissy) (The Color Purple, LEICESTER CURVE/BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME; Guys & Dolls, ROYAL EXCHANGE; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night TimeGIELGUD THEATRE/INTERNATIONAL TOUR) and Donna Banya (Eshe) (Fairview, YOUNG VICNOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSERSC) have been cast in the roles and will be directed by Theatre Peckham’s associate director malakaï sargeant.

…cake forms part of Suzann McLean, Theatre Peckham’s Artistic Director’s re-opening programme which champions the work of creatives from socially and culturally unique walks of life and challenges existing structures to support the growth of a representative sector. 

NEED TO KNOW: cake is at Theatre Peckham 221 Havil Street, London SE5 7SB from 13 July to 7 August 2021 (Press Night – 16 July) | Find Out More / Book Tickets