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“as the mother of a brown boy…”
On from 07 May 2008 till 08 May 2008
by Chickenshed
Genre(s): Musical, Drama

About: “as the mother of a brown boy…”

“as the mother of a brown boy…” is a beautiful multi-layered original production from Chickenshed. Told through dance, physical theatre, music and multimedia, this story will take you on a stark journey to find the truth behind an individual’s life: choices made; relationships lost and found; self-fulfilling prophecies; injustice; but most importantly, love.

A mother remembers the life, and untimely death, of her mixed race son and his struggle for identity in a multi-racial society. He dies at the same age as his mother gave him life. Nineteen is a life cut short. His voice is heard through his grieving mother as she grapples with his own role in his death and pits it against society’s involvement.

“as the mother of a brown boy I ask myself what have I created for him? What have I put upon him, that he doesn’t see his own reflection positively – where he is constantly shifting his gaze to focus and fit other people’s perceptions of him? What have I brought this son into, that I have to work that much harder to make his footprint seen?”


This critically acclaimed production was short-listed for “Best original work by a collective/ensemble” in the 2007 Total Theatre Awards and for the “Freedom of Expression Award” by Amnesty International at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.

“Vivid and compelling”
Time Out, Critics’ Choice ****

“Dance at its best”
Three Weeks ****

"A cultural phenomenon" Duska Radosavijevic, The Stage

“Universally relevant” The Observer

“An important piece of theatre that young people everywhere should see”
Fringe Review ****

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