At this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, lagahoo productions will present SPLINTERED, a theatre-cabaret show celebrating Caribbean queerness.
lagahoo productions formed to fill a gap in the market of companies representing innovative writing for and by Caribbean people, with a particular focus on queer and diverse work. A New Diorama Emerging Company 2019-20, and a Soho Theatre Young Company, lagahoo makes work that celebrates being Caribbean, while also challenging colonial and sexist conventions.
Artistic director, Emily Aboud, said: “SPLINTERED is the show I needed to see growing up, the show that would certainly be banned back home, and the show that celebrates the people whose very existence is an act of rebellion. Caribbean culture itself is based in rampant homophobia and misogyny and the terrific sadness of this piece is that it is a wholly Caribbean piece that cannot safely exist in the Caribbean. We hope that by making SPLINTERED we can make a small but vital step in creating space for Caribbean artists on UK stages.”
Devised with a cast of women of colour, SPLINTERED follows the stories of three women coming to terms with their queerness, while exploring if the women can celebrate queerness without trauma.
SPLINTERED will be being performed at Bedlam Theatre 31 July and 1 August. London previews will be held at CLF Art Café 25 July and Bunker Theatre 28 July.