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Bush Theatre, London5.03 reviews
Jackie Kay's Chiaroscuro reimagined at the Bush Theatre

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Tickets for Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro now available!

Chiaroscuro is a stunning work by Scottish National Poet Jackie Kay, Bush Theatre will host an extremely limited run of this newly reimagined work from 31 August to 15 October. You will not want to miss your chance to experience this revelatory exploration of the lives of women of colour across generations.  Be certain to get tickets for Chiaroscuro early to secure the very best seats at the very best prices. 

What is Chiaroscuro?

Chiaroscuro is a term that describes the use of strong contrasts between light and dark to affect a composition giving it volume, depth and dimensionality.  Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal are all very different people but when they come together for a dinner party that Aisha is hosting, the women soon realise that they all seem to be looking for an answer to the same question; who are they, really? What begins as a pleasant dinner conversation among friends quickly turns heated when a revelation is made about Yomi’s opinion of the new relationship between Beth and Opal. 

This new piece of incendiary gig-theatre mixes live music and spoken word to revitalise Jackie Kay’s 1986 debut play. This fresh and topical treatment highlights the life experiences of women of colour and celebrates female identity through the decades. 

The Cast of Chiaroscuro

The incredible cast of Chiaroscuro will come together to tell stories that are so important because for so long women have been lost to and because of history and their stories have been swept away. The cast will feature Preeya Kalidas from EastEnders, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Bend It Like Beckham along with Gloria Onitiri from West End shows like The Lion King, The Bodyguard, and Caroline, Or Change. They will be joined by singer, actor and composer Anoushka Lucas from Jesus Christ Superstar and Shiloh Coke from the recent West End production of Misty who is pulling double duty as an actor and the show’s Musical Director. 

The show was written by multi-award-winning writer and Makar, Scottish National Poet, Jackie Kay. It will be directed by Lynette Linton who is the director of the recent West End hit Sweat.

This explosive performance is not to be missed. Be sure to get tickets for Chiaroscuro during its limited time at the Bush Theatre in London.

Additional Information

Age restriction

To Be Confirmed.

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

31 August - 05 October 2019


There will be an Audio Described Performance Saturday 28 Sept at 2.30pm.

Venue Information

Bush Theatre7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Customer Reviews

3 reviews5.0


This is an excellent combination of poetic writing, inspired musical collaboration performed by 4 very talented and professional actors. It was a tender reminder of what exploring and persueing a a lesbian relationship and facing common stereotypes involved in the 70s. I hope helps many younger people today may appreciate why so many older lesbian and gay individuals still have difficulty in finding their "home".

Denise Williams25th September

Loved the show. Such talented actors. It was in turn funny, thought provoking and a little sad. Highly entertaining. The musical numbers and the singing were particularly good.

KT17th September

Great show. Brilliant actresses with good balance between music and script