Meet the cast of For Colored Girls - London

Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:53 AM
Meet the cast of For Colored Girls -  London Meet the cast of For Colored Girls - London

After five star reviews and breaking history in Cambridge, Justina Kehinde and Ifeyinwa Frederick are bringing Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls [Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf] to London for one night only. The play, a choreopoem originally written by Ntozake Shange, will be staged at the Canada Water Culture Space on Friday, September 13, 7.30pm - followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew hosted by Hannah Pool.


The cast includes JUSTINA KEHINDE OGUNSEITAN (lady in blue), IFEYINWA FREDERICK (lady in orange), LOLIA ETOMI (lady in purple), NAOMI MAXWELL (lady in green), STEPHANIE GOULEI (lady in brown), TASILA BANDA (lady in red) and ISABEL ADOMAKOH YOUNG (lady in yellow).


CAST

JUSTINA KEHINDE OGUNSEITAN: (lady in blue, director, co-producer, lighting designer, musical coordinator) directed and co-produced the original Cambridge production of ‘For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is Enuf’ (Cambridge 2012). She has performed in ‘For Colored Girls [...]’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and took a lead in the first amateur production of Naomi Wallace’s ‘And I and Silence’ (Cambridge 2012, 2013). Winner of the 2013 Reinstein Jazz Prize, Ogunseitan has performed at the Ealing Jazz Festival and for the likes of Desmond Tutu. An up and coming poet, Ogunseitan was the winner of the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Competition, University Category, and the Hammer & Tongue Slam Poetry Competition (Cambridge 2012, 2013). She performed at the first Brainchild Festival 2012 and was recently a featured poet at two Lyric Theater Live Lounge Events, London 2013. In 2013 Ogunseitan released two poetry videos on her identity as a British Nigerian and the Sex Trafficking Industry. Creative Editor and contributor of women’s magazine MAGNIFY, she is currently writing her own play on the experiences of being a British Nigerian. Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan is doing a combined honours in English and Social Anthropology at St. John’s College, Cambridge University.


IFEYINWA FREDERICK (lady in orange/co-producer) has been dancing since the age of 11. At 16 Frederick founded her own dance school, iCan Perform. In 2011 she produced ‘The P Word’, a performing arts showcase, in support of Barnardo’s, providing an artistic platform for young people. She has also worked as choreographer on several shows in London and Cambridge. She has performed in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and ‘For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf]’ (Cambridge 2013, 2012). Frederick was the assistant director for the first amateur production of Naomi Wallace’s ‘And I And Silence’, (Cambridge 2013). Currently studying Classics at Robinson College, Cambridge University, Ifeyinwa Frederick is in the process of producing her own play on mental health issues for 2014.


LOLIA ETOMI (lady in purple) performed in the Cambridge production of 'For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf]' (Cambridge, 2012). She has performed in various amateur plays in Nigeria, England and Kenya; most notably 'The Death of a President'. A dancer, Etomi produced and choreographed the 2013 Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop’s show ‘Enigma’. Lolia Etomi recently graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University with a degree in Theology and Religious Studies.


NAOMI MAXWELL (lady in green) has been singing since the age of 11. Classically trained, she later took up soul and gospel, and is part of Cambridge based gospel quartet Campus Vibes. She performed in the Cambridge production of ‘For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf] (2012)’. Since the age of five, Maxwell has written short stories, articles, and two plays, of which The Land of Milk and Honey was performed at Hampstead Theater in 2008/9. She is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Sociology at Girton College, Cambridge University.


STEPHANIE GOULEI (lady in brown) performed in the Cambridge production of 'For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf]' (Cambridge 2012). She has previously acted in amateur productions of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘What is Time’. Stephanie Goulei is currently studying Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Homerton College, Cambridge University.


TASILA BANDA (lady in red) performed in the Cambridge production of 'For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf]' (Cambridge 2012), having read and fallen in love with the play at the age of 15. She is currently studying Law at King’s College, Cambridge University.


ISABEL ADOMAKOH YOUNG (lady in yellow) has performed in 'For Colored Girls [who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf]', 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and the lead in the first amateur production of Naomi Wallace’s 'And I And Silence' (Cambridge 2012, 2013). She has also performed in 'You Me Bum Bum Train' (2011, 2012), 'The Importance of Being Ernest', Channel 4’s 'Misfits' (Series 3) and Adam Ant's 'Cool Zombie' music video. She co-writes children's books as Zizou Corder - her first novel 'Lionboy' is currently a stage show by Complicite. She is in the London Youth Circus and is one of the London Leisure Pirates. A co-founding director of Brainchild Festival, 2014 will see the launch of her solo project 'Six Degrees', starting with Six Degrees of Berlin. Isabel Adomakoh Young is currently studying English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University.




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For Colored Girls - London is at Canada Water Culture Space for one night only on September 13, 2013, 7.30pm


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