I recently went to see Crowning Glory - To Weave or Not To Weave a play by Somalia Seaton with my friend Leillah Sekalala of nosrunchie.com.
Now, I knew that the play was based on the experiences of Black British women so when I got there, before the play started, I reminded myself that being Black African I needed to be as open-minded AND objective as possible, however, by the first line: "White girl I wish I was, I wish I was....don't say it, ..., I wish I was YOU!" I was like, oh no you didn't!
I thought, "I've never wanted to be white, EVER! I love being black...I am NOT going to like this play" but fortunately, within five minutes I'd changed my mind because I realized what had been said was completely true, the actors weren't saying they wanted white skin but that they had the privileges that came with it: going to shops and finding products that were designed to work with your skin tone or your hair type and so on; they wanted to have grown up with dolls that resembled them and teenage glossy magazines that reflected their own image - who doesn't want that?
The quality of the writing, the well-structured sentences, came through and the acting did the play justice. It was very well acted by all.
Ultimately, the play was about admitting to and overcoming the insecurities that plague the Black British woman:
All the acting was done in the form of a soliloquy and was very well executed. Some parallels can also be drawn here with the African American experience.
A Black African like myself (and Leillah) who was brought up where we the majority will probably walk away asking themselves many questions and considering things that perhaps they may not have considered before.
In summary: a thought provoking, worthy watch! Book your ticket here.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward