Chinonyerem Odimba

Chinonyerem Odimba

Princess and the Hustler

FoI at Bristol Old Vic/
Wed 20 February 2019

Chinonyerem Odimba

Princess and the Hustler

Chinonyerem Odimba
Wed 20 February 2019,

Chinonyerem Odimba is a rising star of contemporary British playwrighting. Her hotly anticipated new play Princess and the Hustler opens this February at Bristol Old Vic, before embarking on a UK tour. It tells the story of cheeky ten-year-old called Princess, who has a plan to win the Weston-super-Mare Beauty Contest. Set against 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, Princess finds out what it really means to be black and beautiful.

In this conversation with Marti Burgess, Chair of St Paul’s Carnival, Chinonyerem will be talking about the themes of Black beauty and the emergence of the Black civil rights movement in the UK, her theatrical influences and the role of the playwright to speak truth in a dishonest world.

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