So Many Reasons
Written and performed by Racheal Ofori
Directed by Zoe Lafferty
My Mum said to me
‘...if you ever have children, don't have girls.
They give you too much of a headache.’
So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman. Exploring cultural and generational shifts in how women see themselves and each other, this sassy and soulful new show asks what happens when we realise mums don't always know best.
Ofori’s previous show Portrait was a critical success, touring extensively, appearing at the Southbank Centre (Women of the World Festival, 2015) and broadcast on BBC.
Co-presented with Camden People’s Theatre and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Home Run Commission. Funded by Arts Council England and the Leche Trust. Development supported by Ovalhouse.
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.
Zoe Lafferty - Director
Zoe’s work in theatre and research has taken her to Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, the Syrian revolution and to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in the UK. She was recently named one of Vogue’s Major Players of British Theatre and Vanity Fair’s 14 British Theatre Talents Ready to Break Out. Zoe was Director on attachment at The Old Vic as part of the Old Vic 12. Previously she was Associate Director at The Freedom Theatre, Palestine, Creative Producer at human rights theatre company Ice&Fire and an Associate Artist at The Red Room. The Host developed with The National Youth Theatre and written by Nessah Muthy, has been nominated for the Writers Guild Award and will return to the stage next year. And Here I Am which has previously toured across the UK will also return in 2018 and tour internationally.
Directing credits include: The Host (National Youth Theatre / The Yard), Queens Of Syria (Young Vic / New London Theatre / UK Tour), And Here I Am (Shubbak Festival / UK Tour) The Siege (Nottingham Playhouse / UK Tour / The Freedom Theatre, Palestine), The Keepers of Infinite Space (Park Theatre), The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre / Red Theatre, Tokyo), Concrete Jungle (Riverside Studios), Sho Khman? (Schaubühne Berlin / International Tour / The Freedom Theatre, Palestine), Adult Child/Dead Child (Unicorn Theatre / Edinburgh Festival), Alice in Wonderland (Freedom Theatre, Palestine).
Zoe trained as a Director at Drama Centre, London, and at the Vaktangov Theatre School, Moscow.
Tanya Stephenson – Lighting Designer and Production Manager
Ben Grant - Sound Designer
Lanre Malaolu – Movement Director
Sarah Beaton – Associate Designer
PRESS ON PORTRAIT
‘a blistering indictment of British society’ EXEUNT
‘Fresh, fun and utterly vital’ ★★★★ THE LIST
‘Ofori’s excellent writing fuses poetry and prose to allow each character to vividly leap off the page’ THE STAGE
‘Fearless and uplifting’ THE SCOTSMAN
‘Exuberant, scattershot, solo show from a genuine talent’ THE GUARDIAN
Image Credit: Guy Sanders