10th & 12th November 2016

BOOK TICKETS for 10th Nov

Theatre Royal Stratford East

As part of ADF's For Us By US programmer

BOOK TICKETS for 12th Nov

The Courtyard Theatre-

Organised by Writers Avenue


Play and Discussion-Open workshop




What do these hashtags really mean?

Weaves, relaxers, wigs and braids for black women is big business, the black hair industry generates millions of pounds each year, however, in recent times, there has been an increase of black women transitioning back to their natural tresses and the world is noticing. The debate on black hair is a trending topic online and on social media...but why?

Are weaves, relaxers and wigs simply a fashion choice or a form of self-hatred… or are there shades of grey? 


Is wearing natural hair a political statement?

VIEW OF HER OWN BEAUTY is a lyrical and poetic short play about black hair and what it means.

Join us in the development of exciting new play from a talented emerging writer.

DIRECTOR: Sandra Thompson-Quartey

Play + Post Play Discussion

After well received performances of  the short play, VIEW OF HER OWN BEAUTY at The Bush (Black Lives, Black Words-Artistic Directors of the Future) and Bussey Building (Melanin Box Festival-DKF Initiative) Writers Avenue is working with writer, Kalungi Ssebandeke, to develop his witty, provocative and thought provoking script, into a full-length production, with the view of a 4-week run in 2017. 


The play explores the perceptions of cultural standards of beauty, the term 'cultural appropriation' and the realities of discrimination based on hair.

The workshop shall begin with a performance of the short play, VIEW OF HER OWN BEAUTY, followed by feedback forms, a discussion with the attendees on the play, themes, views and personal experiences.


We are very keen to have a mixed audience in regards to age, race and gender who will be vocal during the discussion.


Kalungi Ssebandeke is a Ugandan born writer and actor, whose debut play MY DARLING WIFE was shortlisted in 2013 for the Kings Head Theatre’s Inaugural new writing award, The Adrian Pagan Award, judged by Young Vic Artistic Director, David Lan, Mark Ravenhill, Julia Tyrell and Mike Bradwell.

In 2014 the same play was selected for Talawa Theatre’s Talawa Firsts, a week of new writing for black writers, catching the attention of BBC Writer’s room’s Abigail Gonda and The Royal Court’s Ola Animashawun who invited Kalungi to join London Voices, a weekly writers group at BBC’s Grafton House.


In 2017 his Alfred Fagon Longlisted play ASSATA TAUGHT ME will receive its world premier at The Gate Theatre from 4th-27th May. 


10th Nov 2016

Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
E15 1BN 

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12th Nov 2016

The Courtyard

Bowling Green Walk

40 Pitfield Street


N1 6EU

Nearest station: Old Street

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Donation/Pay What You Can

Tickets for this event are AVAILABLE ONLY via Writers Avenue.

No tickets will be sold at the door or on the phone this is an open script development workshop; performance followed by discussion.

There are limited tickets. Please print your ticket or have it ready to view on your mobile device.