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THE HEAD
WRAP DIARIES

Hair – worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids – is the subject of The Head Wrap Diaries, a funny and uplifting dance theatre show by Uchenna. The show is set in a hair salon and is about people and their ongoing relationship with hair.

Blending club styles House, Waacking, and Vogue with African and Contemporary Dance, with a good dose of humour and a sizzling soundtrack of sounds, The Head Wrap Diaries explores femininity, beauty, culture, sisterhood and most importantly; HAIR!

Audience members are welcomed by stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud, thinking about your own (and everyone else’s!) hair while you learn a thing or two about afro hair, straight from the hairdresser’s chair.

For the curious

Pre-show installation experience
Designed by students from Central Saint Martins in collaboration with Vicki Igbokwe.

The Head Wrap Bar

Stay with us each night after the show for an interactive, informal discussion in the Head Wrap Bar. Put your thoughts and questions to the company and learn and share different ways of tying head wraps. Don’t forget to bring your fabrics!

Book the show

1) Download the relevant Tour or Workshop Pack.
2) Get in touch by emailing info@uchennadance.com with THE HEAD WRAP DIARIES POTENTIAL BOOKING in the subject title.
3) We will be in touch to discuss your needs.

 

Credits

Running Time

Approx. 60 mins without an interval. Some shows include a pre-show installation (dependent on venue) and a post-show (30-120 min) Head Wrap Bar, for further information please contact the venue.

We recommend an age guidance of 5+.

Creative Team

Director, Choreographer and Co-Writer: Vicki Igbokwe

Producer: Grace Okereke

Writer: Bola Agbaje

Assistant Choreographer & Rehearsal Director: Ingrid Mackinnon

Performers & Creative Collaborators: Natalie Bailey, Emmanuella Idris, Oluwatosin Omotosho, Shanelle Clemenson, Sitsofe Attah

Production Manager: Anthony Osborne / David Salter / Salvatore Scollo

Lighting Design: James Mackenzie 

Assistant Producer & Rehearsal Assistant: Viviana Rocha

Music Director & Composer: Kweku Aacht

Scenography: Original scenography design by Rajha Shakiry

Costume Director and Maker: Jodie-Simone Howe

Dramaturgy: Funmi Adewole

Film: Anton Califano

Art Direction: TM Studios

Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou, Tony Hay

PR & Marketing: Carol Ann Walters PR

Design Team Central St Martins: Fie Neo, Daniel Hall, Victoria Adebayo

Installation Contributors: Curlture UK, Looks Like Me, Lesley Asare and Mikela Henry-Lowe

Credits: Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and partnerships with The Rural Touring Dance Initiative, The Place, Ged Matthews, The Albany, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Trinity Laban.

PAST SHOWS

THE PLACE (London)

19–20 Sept 2016

THE LOWRY (Salford Quays)

18 Oct 2016

BERNIE GRANT ARTS CENTRE (London)

29–30 Sept 2017

THE WITHAM (County Durham)

6 Oct 2017

ARTS OUT WEST (Cumbria)

7 Oct 2017

SPARC THEATRE (Shropshire)

12 Oct 2017

NEWHAMPTON ARTS CENTRE (Wolverhampton)

13 Oct 2017

BRILLEY VILLAGE HALL (Herefordshire)

14 Oct 2017

GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL – STRIKE A LIGHT (Gloucester)

17 Oct 2017

PAVILION DANCE SOUTH WEST (Bournemouth)

19 Oct 2017

DANCEXCHANGE (Birmingham)

2 Nov 2017

THE MARKET THEATRE (Herefordshire)

3 Nov 2017

THE PEEL CENTRE (Derbyshire)

10 Nov 2017

CRICH GLEBE FIELD CENTRE (Derbyshire)

11 Nov 2017

HALSTOCK VILLAGE HALL (Dorset)

16 Nov 2017

ROADWATER VILLAGE HALL (Somerset)

17 Nov 2017

BRADWORTHY MEMORIAL HALL (Devon)

18 Nov 2017

CONTACT (Manchester)

22–23 Nov 2017

SEDGEFORD VILLAGE HALL (Norfolk)

25 Nov 2017

THE LOWRY (Salford Quays)

17 Feb 2018

ALBANY (London)

20–23 Mar 2018

GLADSTONE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE (Peterborough)

24 Mar 2018

TRINITY CENTRE (Bristol)

13 Apr 2018

THE PLACE (London)

20 Apr 2018

CAST (Doncaster)

24 Apr 2018

RILEY THEATRE (Leeds)

26 Apr 2018

THE COURTYARD (Hereford)

14 Jul 2018

SAMPLED, SADLER’S WELLS (London)

8–9 Feb 2019

THE ALBANY (London)

26–27 Feb 2019

KINGSMERE COMMUNITY CENTRE – As part of The Mill Arts Centre’s B-Live Programme (Bicester)

2 Mar 2019

COYLER-FERGUSSON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF KENT (Canterbury)

8 Mar 2019

STANLEY HALLS (Croydon) For Dance Festival Croydon

20 Jul 2019

“The Head Wrap Diaries is a production that needs to be made with stories that need to be told”

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