Theatre Peckham – Young Gifted and Black Festival …CAKE by babirye bukilwa LIVE PREVIEW

Fri 23 Oct (plus post-show discussion)
Sat 24 Oct


Early Bird Ticket: £10
General Admission: £12
Late Bird Ticket: £15




by babirye bukilwa

“I don’t know if I love you because I have to or because I can’t help it.

I don’t know if both of those things are bad. I don’t know why it feels painful here.

It don’t feel right…”

babirye bukilwa’s second play …CAKE is the second in their psychological thriller trilogy. Delving unapologetically into the heart of Eshe’s childhood, power and duty battle in equal measure.

An origin story to …blackbird hour (Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 finalist and Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 shortlist), …CAKE lays the foundations of a young, gay Black woman’s earliest memories and asks if Black womxn are ever afforded youth and solace in a society that asks them to constantly perform, even in their bedrooms.

…CAKE stars Tamara Lawrance (Twelfth Night, National Theatre; The Long Song, BBC1) and Toyin Ayedun-Alase(Man Down, Channel 4; Threepennyopera, National Theatre) and is directed by Associate Director malakaï sargeant. Developed as part of Theatre Peckham’s Artist-in-Residence programme.

babirye bukilwa (pictured) is an actor, model, poet (SISTA!, THE COLOUR OF MADNESS) podcaster and a songwriter. Most recently seen returning to the National Theatre stage opposite Cate Blanchett and directed by Katie Mitchell, their theatre acting credits include productions at the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, The Nottingham Playhouse, Arcola, Soho Theatre, Leicester Curve and the ICA. Television credits include BBC, UKTV/Alibi/Showtime and Channel 4.

babirye was invited to join the BBC London Writers’ Room 2018 as well as the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting writers’ room in 2019. babirye was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Shortlist 2019 with their debut play …blackbird hour.

Published on:
24 Sep 2020


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