Theater Peckham, an award-winning cultural venue in the heart of South East London, announces the premiere of … cake, a psychological drama that unabashedly questions the existing complexities of family, roots and belonging; where power and duty dance equally.

Written by the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 finalist, actor and poet Babirye Bukilwa, … cake is part of a trilogy of plays and is a prequel to the famous … blackbird hour by bukilwa (also shortlisted for Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 and Alfred Prix Fagon 2020). A premiere for the venue, this new writing will be produced in-house, with the drama being shown as a fully staged production at the Peckham Theater for 4 weeks from July 13 to August 7.

bukilwa, who finished the play during the pandemic, says they wanted to write a story through a black queer woman lens that questions the meaning and function of love and self-esteem in an exploitative climate working class London in the 2000s. At its heart, the play examines performativity in relationships and how generational trauma can be inherited.

Danielle Kassarate (The Color Purple, LEICESTER CURVE / BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME; Guys & Dolls, ROYAL EXCHANGE; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, GIELGUD THEATER / INTERNATIONAL TOUR) and Donna Banya (Fairview, YOUNG VIC; NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE; RSC) were chosen for the roles and will be directed by Associate Director of Theater Peckham, Malakaï Sargeant.

Malakai sergeant said: “All my soul cried when I first looked … the hour of the blackbird; being able to revisit Eshe’s story in … cake, the second installment of Babirye’s trilogy, and bring it to life is nothing short of an honor. Our entire creative team is black, the majority of them queer as well, and I hope this allows us to create truly authentically – without compromise or justification, and to share this hauntingly honest story with the world. “

… cake is part of the reopening program of Suzann McLean, artistic director of Theater Peckham, which champions the work of creators from socially and culturally unique backgrounds and challenges existing structures to support the growth of a representative sector.

McLean says: “Babirye’s writing is innovative and pushes the boundaries of form. Providing a safe space and a platform to thrive remains true to the mission of the Peckham Theater. This is a vital and bold new play that honors intersectionality and refocuses voices that will connect not only with our local community, but also with audiences across London. “

… cake will be the first of two Bukilwa plays to be performed as fully staged productions this summer, the second has yet to be announced.

Theater Peckham is an award-winning cultural venue for its artistic excellence and social change. It is also home to world-class creative learning and performance, providing a talent pool for the creative industries.

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