One-woman show Colour, exploring how racism gains ground in younger generations, makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut as part of The Space UK’s online programme. This “rich” new play has already caught the eye of MyTheatreMates blogger Michael Davis. Now running on-demand until 30 August 2021. Time to get booking!
London 2017. Bryony stands alone outside her childhood home. Forced to flee at 17, she has a score to settle with the current occupant, but it’s been 18 years and something doesn’t feel right.
Why does she keep hearing voices and music in her head which fill her with dread? What happened to Elle, her best friend? And who is the persistent caller she keeps ignoring?
Amidst all these distractions, Bryony begins to share touching and hilarious recollections of her early life. However, the story soon unfolds into a dark and shocking account of racism and violence. Unwittingly, Bryony exposes her questionable choices and true motives for standing hesitant and afraid outside her old front door.
This powerful new play, written and directed by Diana Thomas, explores the question of why racism continues in this generation. Identity, white privilege and cultural norms are examined through a candid and compelling narrative.
Colour is performed by Madeline Del Real and strikingly filmed in black and white. It is produced by Swiss-based Yardbird Theatre and was recorded live at Switzerland’s Theaterhaus Thurgau by Markus Bauer (MB Media).
About Yardbird Theatre
Established in 2017, Yardbird is Switzerland’s only English-speaking professional theatre company. Created by British ex-pat Diana Thomas, Yardbird provides a platform for female creatives and POC narratives. Colour is Yardbird’s first show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Thomas graduated from Drama Centre London and set up Word Of Mouth Media Productions in 2005, producing new writing and classical adaptations. In 2008, she commissioned and produced CELIA at London’s Charing Cross Theatre, taking the lead role opposite Wil Johnson. In 2011, she was awarded Best Director by London Fringe Report. Colour, her third play, is due to be translated into German in 2022 for diversity studies in Swiss schools.
What the critics say
“Diana Thomas’ rich play manages to sidestep clichés and the demonising of parties while navigating the thorny minefield of grassroots racism. In keeping with its nuanced writing, Colour shows how people of all backgrounds are susceptible to feigning civility, using acts of ‘kindness’, ‘politeness’ and even smiling to hide their innermost thoughts and feelings. Equally important to the success of Colour is Madeline Del Real’s nuanced performance, channelling the full spectrum of Bryony’s conscious and unconscious responses” – Breaking the Fourth Wall ★★★★★
Madeline Del Real as Bryony in Colour.