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Bisola Alabi


Refilwe is a children’s literary theatre commission based on the children’s book by Zukiswa Wanner, a southern African retelling of the children’s classic, Rapunzel, set in the kingdom of Lesotho. An exciting new work for children (5-11 years), our interpretation of Refilwe gives a Black, Feminist, twist to the original.

Writer Bisola Alabi has adapted the story into a play set in a high rise in Tottenham, with characters with Southern African heritage, celebrating race, belonging, and the power of afro hair.

To create a new piece of children’s theatre that celebrates race, belonging, and the power of afro hair and enables Black artists and creatives to develop their practise and experience of making work for a younger audience. We hope to make something that can tour in civic and performance spaces across the UK and maybe even internationally eventually.

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