1 hour 20 mins followed by a post show discussion
Phina Oruche is having an identity crisis.
Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in ITV1 drama Footballers’ Wives, Phina, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is.
Spending more than two decades of her life taking on other people’s identities – first as a New York fashion model and later as an award-winning TV actress – has taken its toll.
Her new one-woman show, Identity Crisis, was written as part of her Masters degree and although it is based upon her own life story, it explores identity struggles that are common to all of us.
Through its low-key staging, the show provides a perfect vehicle for Phina’s larger than life characterisations. From Amy Tan, a working class white girl with a Scouse brow and a taste for spray tans and black lads to Antonio de Silva, a football crazy Italian living in LA who misses his mum, Phina brings a colourful cast of eight characters to life, all of whom are having their own identity crises.
The tale begins with the real life story of the sudden death of Phina’s 19-year-old niece in her house in 2011 and the ensuing press intrusion.
Phina said: “After years of identity struggles, writing this show has given me the freedom to play characters I would never get cast as…”
Phina Oruche is perhaps best known as supermodel Liberty Baker in the final series of ITV’s Footballers’ Wives (2006). She was named Favourite Female TV Star for the role in the Screen Nations Awards.
But her film and TV career doesn’t stop there, and her credits on both sides of the Atlantic including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Diagnosis Murder, The Unit, Doctors and The Bill.
In 2010, Phina joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Gabby Sharpe, the head of a new family.
Her film credits include The Forsaken (2001) and Happy Ever Afters (2009).
Before her acting career took off, Phina worked in New York as a model, for brands including Gap, Avon, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Essence magazine and Old Navy.
Highly in demand, Phina worked alongside Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Nadia Auberman and Helena Christensen and was shot by all the leading photographers of the time.
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