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.
Pre-show installation experience
Designed by students from Central Saint Martins in collaboration with Vicki Igbokwe.
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!
Would you like to book the show for your venue or event?
1) Download the Tour & Marketing Pack and the Technical Production Rider Pack.
2) Get in Touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with THE HEAD WRAP DIARIES POTENTIAL BOOKING in the subject line.
3) We will be in touch to discuss your needs.
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+.
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.
8th June 2023
2nd - 4th June 2023
19–20 Sept 2016
18 Oct 2016
29–30 Sept 2017
6 Oct 2017
7 Oct 2017
12 Oct 2017
13 Oct 2017
14 Oct 2017
17 Oct 2017
19 Oct 2017
2 Nov 2017
3 Nov 2017
10 Nov 2017
11 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
17 Nov 2017
18 Nov 2017
22–23 Nov 2017
25 Nov 2017
17 Feb 2018
20–23 Mar 2018
24 Mar 2018
13 Apr 2018
20 Apr 2018
24 Apr 2018
26 Apr 2018
14 Jul 2018
8–9 Feb 2019
26–27 Feb 2019
2 Mar 2019
8 Mar 2019
20 Jul 2019