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Da Kink in My Hair review at Hackney Empire

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Da Kink in My Hair is like a black version of Vagina Monologues and equally powerful with an outstanding cast.

The play is a riot of dance, music, song, comedy and tragedy which centres around 12 women who ooze inner strength and sensuality.

It touches on all imaginable issues, ranging from child molesting to gay prejudice, under the overarching female problem of a bad hair day. The play has a universal reach, although at times the tone errs to the wrong side of the racial discrimination camp, making it unnecessarily militant and divisive.

But the actresses are spectacular, vibrant, sexy, funny, real and absolutely believable, engaging the audience to interact with them.

The often hear-wrenching monologues are powerful and captivating.

d’bi.young as Claudette is fantastically expressive, Satori Shakoo as Miss Enid is hugely funny and endearing, Lisa Cordington has bags of character, while Quancetia Hamilton as Shawnette is strong yet vulnerable and fabulously at ease with her voluptuous size.

The set, the lighting, the choreography, the music – everything is great and adds to a truly touching and entertaining show that is well worth going to see.

I have rarely seen such a response from the audience, with cheers and rounds of applauds throughout the show and a standing ovation culmination.

Production Information

Hackney Empire, November 8-25

Trey Anthony
Weyni Mengesha
Da Kink Productions Inc
Karen Robinson, Quancetia Hamilton, Lisa Codrington, Toni Anderson, Satori Shakoor, Abena Malika, d’bi.young, Rachael-Lea Rickards, Zena Brown
Running time
2hrs 45min

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