FUEL AND OVALHOUSE PRESENT
So Many Reasons
Told through the eyes of a British Ghanaian woman, So Many Reasons explores the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world. Inspired by the current cultural and generational shifts in women’s perspective of themselves and each other, this bold, passionate new show asks what happens when we realise mums don’t know best.
So Many Reasons comes from a female-led creative collaboration between writer Rachael Ofori, director Kate Hewitt and performer/deviser Heather Agyepong. Hewitt and Ofori’s previous show Portrait was a critical and commercial success, touring extensively, appearing at the Southbank Centre (Women of the World Festival, 2015) and broadcast on BBC.
Graduating with a BA Hons in Acting, Rachel Ofori has since worked in theatre, television and radio. 2016 saw Racheal perform in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, and reprise her hit one-woman show Portrait, produced by Fuel, at the Southbank Centre as part of the Women of the World Festival. The success of Portrait led to appearances on BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Her work in theatre also includes The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe. Television work includes the BBC’s Wizards Vs. Aliens, directed by Lee Haven-Jones, and Simon Amstell’s feature length documentary Carnage for BBC iPlayer. Racheal can next be seen performing in Sam Pritchard’s Pygmalion a Headlong, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production.
Kate directed Racheal's first show Portrait in 2015. She is a winner of the JMK Young Director Award 2014 and the inaugural RTST Director Award 2016. She will direct Tribes by Nina Raine at the Crucible Studio Theatre in July 2017. She was recently named as one of Variety magazine’s '10 Brits to Watch in 2017’.
Kate’s most recent production Kiki's Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse 2016/17 received rave reviews and will be remounted in August 2017. Prior to that she directed the National Youth Theatre production of Romeo & Juliet at the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End, Tomcat (Southwark playhouse), Far Away (Young Vic), Twins by James Fritz (Arcola Minitursits), Comment is Free (Old Vic New voices), and more. Kate trained in Lecoq physical theatre at LISPA and as an actor with NYT, she worked a performer with Kneehigh as well as cofounding international theatre company You Need Me.
Kate is currently the associate director on Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical at the Birmingham Rep. She was the associate director on Sam Mendes’ production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Heather Agyepong is a visual artist and performer based in London. She has recently become an Associate Artist at Talawa Theatre. She completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at City of Westminster College. She also attended the University of Kent where she studied a BSc Applied Psychology and has recently completed an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures where she was awarded the Kirsty MacColl Scholarship. She was part of the Tricycle Theatre's Young Company and Talawa TYPT in 2015/16. She performed as Colette in Jagged Edge which was part of Rich Mix's Radical Ideas Festival. Previous credits include: Yerma (Yerma,) Tiresias (Antigone), Voice #2 (4.48 Psychosis) and Orsino (Twelfth Night). Film credits include: Journalist (Twenty8K) and Dancer (Motherland). She has performed and exhibited work both nationally and internationally and was recently commissioned to produce work for Autograph ABP, London.
Development supported by Ovalhouse.