A tiata fahodzi, Belgrade Theatre & Bristol Old Vic co-production

cheeky little brown

by Nkenna Akunna

Mon 30 Oct - Fri 3 Nov, 2023 Archive
With original songs, this coming-of-age story examines a friendship between two Black women, on diverging paths of self-love and acceptance.

How do you break up with your best friend?

“When you’ve known someone basically your whole life,
Since you were five,
And you know all the same people,
And everyone you know knows you as one special Thing, Sister-friends.”

Meet Lady, a determined sharp-tongued charmer who loves her best friend Gemma as much as she loves a late-night kebab. It’s Gemma’s birthday party. The two haven’t seen each other for six months.

cheeky little brown, by Papatango Prize winning playwright Nkenna Akunna (Some of Us Exist in the Future), is a failed night out, a musical, a show about heartbreak and queerness, taking place on a journey through the city Lady calls home.




Time: 8:00pm & 2:30pm
Performance duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes
Age guidance: 15+
Advisories: Contains strong and offensive language (including racial slurs), sensitive content pertaining to body image & references to eating disorders.

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cheeky little brown (2023) by © Camilla Adams



Tiajna Amayo



Nkenna Akunna


Chinonyerem Odimba

Set & Costume Designer

Aldo Vazquez

Lighting Designer

Jodie Underwood

Sound Designer

Esther Kehinde Ajayi


Shaelee Rooke