High-Rise Avenue Presents
GOOD HAIR / BAD HAIR
Kalungi Ssebandeke’s original short play, A View of Her Own Beauty, was directed by Artistic Director of High-Rise Avenue, Sandra Thompson-Quartey, in 2015 at Bush Theatre as part of Black Lives, Black Words (Artistic Directors of the Future).
In recent years black women have lost jobs for wearing their natural hair or culturally black hairstyles. The media often portrays straight hair as the standard of beauty to aspire to. Over the past five years there has been a 'Natural Hair Movement'. The play asks 'Why and how are Eurocentric beauty standards promoted as the ideal, is society aware of it and how has it affected the black community?"
The play is in development, join the mailing list to hear about development performances. Due to the pandemic, staged readings will take place online from July onward.
The development of this play is supported by Arts Council England.
Created by Sandra Thompson-Quartey and Kalungi Ssebandeke
Script by Kalungi Ssebandeke
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Briana has been offered a promotion at work and is due to marry the man of her dreams. Life is looking good. While attending a talk at an Afro/Caribbean natural hair exhibition, Brianna has an awakening and starts to question her perception of beauty and she views her 4C hair negatively. When Brianna makes the decision to 'free the fro' her promotion hangs in the balance and the cracks in her relationship begin to widen.