Portrait

In her one-woman play, Portrait, Racheal Ofori fuses poetry, music and monologues as she gives her take on the perception of role models and cultural stereotypes with black women in today’s society.

Vocally, she is near perfection.

She presents to us a range of characters with strong contrasts in age, class and location as they share their experiences of how they are perceived by their peers. These characters have no relation or personal connection with each other, leaving us with sparse narrative and mixed messages as to what Ofori is trying to communicate.

Vocally, she is near perfection. Though a little improvement is needed in her projection, she creates authentic intimacy with the audience. Her eye contact is not threatening; instead she has an open presence, naturally making all of her characters incredibly sincere.

Her key problem is the one-dimensional dialogue throughout her performance. Filled with pop culture references, it overshadows Ofori’s attempts to break new ground and tackle the truth behind each of her characters’ social statuses and arguments. With clichéd, semi-philosophical quotes such as, “How do you find the time to live?" or “How do we fuel our creativity?” this script prevents Ofori from demonstrating her full potential. 

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A frank and funny look at the trials and tribulations of modern existence seen through the eyes of a young black woman. Candid and satirical, this one-woman show introduces the audience to a succession of cultural stereotypes using music, poetry and dance. It asks the critical question: just how does a girl make it these days? An exciting debut solo show from writer, performer and rising talent Racheal Ofori (The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe) inspired by her own experiences. Produced by three-time Herald Angel award winners Fuel.

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