Written and performed by Rani Moorthy
Director: Linda Marlowe
Lighting designer: Jake Taylor
World premiere presented at The Door, Birmingham Rep, October 2007
Whatever shade of brown you are or want to be, this thought provoking one-woman show from Rani Moorthy will get under your skin.
Around the globe money and time is poured into tanning or bleaching. From a South African albino to a skin-bleaching Indian bride, Rani with her celebrated mix of warm and powerful story telling, transforms into funny and poignant characters who share an ironic kinship through the one thing they cannot hide or hide from - their skin.
Revealing the challenge that each character’s colour presents to members of their own community, the play explores how skin colour prejudice is more than an issue of Black/White racism. As an indicator of identity, ethnicity and status within ones own community, Shades of Brown exposes the deep-rooted contradictions and trauma involved when an individual has too much or too little skin pigment. Each of the sympathetic and vibrant monologues portrays the pain of rejection, feelings of self-hatred and the oppression engendered when ethnicity is doubted and identity lost as skin colour vanishes.
Tours: UK Autumn 2007, UK Autumn 2008