Theatre Royal Stratford East and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present the European première of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

Come and see the European premiere of this life-affirming and funny musical that wowed audiences and won awards off-Broadway.

Meet Viveca – a young African American girl who dreams of becoming a dancer. We follow her journey from school in 1960s LA through to auditions on Broadway. Growing up during the civil rights movement, Viveca chooses to face the realities of racism and sexism with optimism and faith and discovers her own self-worth.

This cheeky and satirical coming-of-age story looks at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day, with an original score fusing Motown, pop and R&B – think Sondheim meets Beyoncé!

Cast includes:

Karis Jack plays Young Viveca. Her recent theatre credits Include Baddies: The Musical (Unicorn Theatre), Hairspray (Leicester Curve & UK tour, Kuala Lumpur & Singapore), Little Shop Of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse & Mercury Theatre Colchester) and Urinetown: The Musical (Apollo Theatre & St James Theatre).

Ashley Joseph plays Lucas. Theatre credits include Robin Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), 5’s A Crowd (The Dugdale Centre), Aladdin (DeMontfort Hall Leicester), The Warriors LDN (The Barbican), Look Black in Laughter (Hackney Empire).

Sophia Mackay plays Older Viveca. Her recent theatre credits include Leader Of The Pack, (Waterloo East Theatre), Muscovado (Burnt Out Theatre), and Earth Makes No Sound (Filament Theatre).

Jay Marsh plays Gregory. His recent theatre credits include, SideShow (Southwark Playhouse), Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Porgy And Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Fences (Duchess Theatre), Reflection Day (Theatre503), Desert Boy (Birmingham Rep).

Jessica Pardoe plays Chitty Chatty/Miss Pain/Scarlett. Her recent theatre credits include Paper Hearts (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Magic of The Musicals (Royal Albert Hall) and Twenty One (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Trevor A Toussaint returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East to play Daddy. He previously appeared in The Harder They Come and Aladdin. Other theatre credits include Fences (Duchess Theatre), Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company, UK tour), Grace and the One Don (Arts Theatre).

Sharon Wattis plays Mommy. Her recent theatre includes Love Me Tender (UK tour), The Kingmaker (St James Theatre), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Hairspray (Leicester Curve), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), and The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Shelley Williams returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East to play Granny/Yolanda/Nilda and credits for the company include Take Away, and Wah! Wah! Girls. Other theatre credits include Up Against The Wall, (Bolton Octagon), Jack and The Beanstalk, (Barbican), Daddy Cool, (Shaftesbury Theatre).


The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East, 1 Feb – 11 Mar 2017

Go to the Theatre Royal Stratford East website for further information and tickets.