‘Oreo, coconut, Bounty Bar’ — micro-aggressions used to disempower a black person deemed to be ‘acting white’. Donning a camouflage of Oreo-filling, Tania explores the masks we wear to put our heads above the parapet in a climate of systemic racism.
A semi-autobiographical solo about being a successfully educated black woman within western society, Oreo interrogates racial micro-aggressions and their effect on mental health within private and public personas — focusing on public figures like Diane Abbott + Joacine Katar Moreira.
Exploring the racial term ‘Oreo’ in relation to experiences of episodic racism within higher education and employment, Tania challenges the notion of whitening her physical and phenomenal self to achieve success in society, asking you to open-up and join-in to celebrate a moment of freedom, a moment of clarity.
Creator + Performer: Tania Camara | Creative Producer: Molly Scarborough | Mentor/Dramaturg: D’bi Young Anitafrika | Dance Mentor: Pape Ibrahima N’diaye (aka Kaolack) | Image of Me, myself and my Oreos from SPILL Festival of Performance 2016: Guido Mencari
Commissioned by STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), developed with the support of HOME + Divergency. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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