Naana Orleans-Amissah
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Born in Germany and raised in Japan, this Ghanaian woman has a real craving for the kind of cultural stimulation which tingles the senses. With a background in Marketing and Communications and a degree in International Relations and History, she is fascinated by how stories are told and the messages we relay on and off the cultural stage. She is also an aspiring author.

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Malala: A Singularly Impressive Teenager

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (17:01)

Yesterday, as we made our way into the foyer of the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall, we noticed a straggly queue of sorts waiting in front of the cloakroom. I wondered why everyone was being so polite. It turns out that it was a mandated security precaution: to refuse...

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Remixing Othello to a Beat I Like

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (12:59)

The last time I wrote about this problematic play, I wasn't happy. Desdemona had been limp, Othello wasn't always convincing, and well, the production I had seen, had fallen flat. And then last Friday I was chaperoned to the Unicorn Theatre, by two eleven year olds,...

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Meeting David Harewood

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2013 | (11:08)

Thinking about how to prepare to take the interview with David Harewood, I wondered who exactly it was that I would meet. What would he allow himself to divulge? 2013-08-17-Parka.jpeg.jpeg
I wondered because when I had met him briefly, once...

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The Man Behind 'Walk in the Light' & His Poem

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2013 | (00:30)

When last I wrote about Giles Terera, he had left me in a fever, buzzing with excited pride. Creator, producer, host, and participant of Walk in the Light, he'd put on the edifying and emotionally charged remembrance of the half century of Black contribution to the British stage,...

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MonologueSlam UK: A Gem of a Night's Entertainment

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (15:49)

Occasionally you hear of someone about whom no one seems to have a bad word to say. "He's a great guy!" or "I have a lot of respect for Jimmy." When someone's reputation appears quite so spotless, I seem to steel my heart and I notice that I want to...

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Doreen Lawrence as Baroness: Backhand Compliments and Disingenuous Hoodwinking

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (17:06)

So Doreen Lawrence is to be made a Baroness? As I write this I notice that the news hasn't been covered in the broadsheets so I am stating a caveat now, that I am still going to discuss this even though it may turn out to be a spurious sound...

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Eating a Slice of Chimamanda-Shaped Humble Pie

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (15:02)

The thing about being an opinionated commentator is that sometimes you have to say with confidence that you were not all that right. Better still, that you've changed your mind, a bit.

Among my many friends, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has something of a pom-pom carrying, cheerleading squad. And...

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A Season in the Congo ~ A Lesson Still Unfolding

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (18:38)

As I sat waiting for A Season in the Congo, I was struck by how much more of London there was at the Young Vic. There were buxom, Laura Ashley skirted women; teenagers in their requisite black uniform with matching eyeliner and messy ponytail fountains; older men in...

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Walk in the Light: Part IV ~ A Celebration of Religious Proportions

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (14:40)

I'm still in a febrile state, the kind that comes I imagine, from testifying before the Lord and shouting out "Preach it sister" or "Amen brother man!" On Sunday I witnessed a rare privilege; the closing celebration of Walk in the Light and the culmination of eight...

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Othello: I Didn't Like It

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2013 | (10:46)

Let me get out of the way all the things I didn't like about Othello, that way you can concentrate on the two things that impressed me.

This play revolves principally around one woman. And for a woman for whom her father dies of heartache for hitching up...

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Walk in the Light: Part I ~ A Day of Surprises

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (13:50)

It was by chance last week that I heard of Walk in the Light, the week-long exposition and celebration of Black artists and the contribution they have made to British Theatre in the last 50 years. I was surprised that I heard about it only by word...

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Self-Censorship and Polite Avoidance: What the Trayvon Martin Case Teaches Me About Myself

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (15:47)

I'm surprised by the force with which I feel the impact of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Not just as a mother, as I try and imagine what it must be like, to walk out of a courtroom where a half dozen of your fellow citizens have decided that the fatal...

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Good Comedy in London?: "Killing Ms D"

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (10:23)

If you like your stand-up comedy based on the kind of human insight that will give you a more satisfying laugh, go and see "Killing MissD." Daphna Baram has pulled together a rollicking show featuring her reckless body-sharing alter-ego MissD that will have you cringe, shocked and belly-laughing in quick...

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Africa Writes

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2013 | (02:28)

I'm on my way to Africa Writes, the second annual Royal African Society literature and book festival, and I'm intrigued. First by its title which I find assertive and common sensical: of course a continent, of now 54 nations, writes! ...And yet how many people really know that? Secondly I'm...

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August Wilson's Fences in the West End

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (19:56)

How do you begin to review a play that deserves a thesis of its own? August Wilson's 1983 play, Fences, is weighty work. In its current two hours and forty minutes iteration it seems to question, almost exhaustively, the range of universal themes: state versus personal responsibility; how we treat...

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