Don’t Touch My Hair with HOME

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Don’t Touch My Hair
Image courtesy of HOME Manchester.

Don’t Touch My Hair at HOME Manchester, Manchester 15 February — 1 August 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

The latest commission to be announced for the Homemakers series is Don’t Touch my Hair by the feisty and fabulous Hot Brown Honey.

Running at just five minutes long, Don’t Touch my Hair is a short film that blends clips from Hot Brown Honey’s extraordinary and explosive theatre show. Created by director Lisa Fa’allafi and musical director Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers – the piece is a snappy and defiant montage of the collective’s performances from across the world.

This is fearless social activism meets unapologetic hip hop. A concentrated dose of what we all need right now.

In pre-Covid times, Hot Brown Honey took the world by storm. Playing HOME in December 2017, the production garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. Delivered by six Indigenous Australian artists, the show managed to turn striptease, circus and poetry into tools of Black activism – taking cabaret back to its roots as an act of political protest.

Challenging boundaries and embracing resilience, the show smashed stereotypes and celebrated our similarities and differences. Don’t Touch my Hair is a powerful reminder that Hot Brown Honey will be back post-pandemic. And even stronger. We can’t wait.

Homemakers is an online festival by HOME Manchester. Easily accessible – on a pay-what-you-decide basis – the festival features new commissions created by artists working at home, for audiences who are staying at home.

Don’t Touch My Hair at HOME Manchester, Manchester 15 February — 1 August 2021 Entrance is free Visit now

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