MISS BRITISH (2017)

original idea by sharon fresE

SYNOPSIS

MISS BRITISH IS A WHIMSICAL, KALEIDOSCOPIC PERFORMANCE THAT NARRATED THE LIFE STORY OF SHARON FRESE, A GLOBAL NOMAD OF AFRO-CARRIBEAN DESCENT. HER ADVENTURES AROUND THE PLANET UNFOLD INTO A MYRIAD OF HISTORIES: FROM A DISTANT PAST OF SLAVERY TO AN INTIMATE ONLINE CONVERSATION BETWEEN HER AND HER DEAREST. FUNNY YET DARK BUT ALWAYS ENDEARING, MISS BRITISH IS THE TALE OF A BLACK FEMALE GLOBAL CITIZEN.

APPROACH

PHILOSOPHER JACQUES RANCIERE CONSIDERS THAT SOCIET GETS ORGANIZED ACCORDING TO HOW BODIES ARE RELATED TO SPECIFIC WAYS OF LOOKING AND HEARING. IDENTITIES ARE ASSIGNED TO SPECIFIC SOUNDS AND COLORS, AND ANY ATTEMPT TO BREAK AWAY FROM THOSE ASSIGNED PERCEPTIONS IS A POSSIBILITY FOR ART AND POLITICS TO ERUPT.

ALTHOUGH BEING AT HOME IN THE WORLD AT LARGE BRINGS A NUMBER OF CULTURAL BENEFITS, IT ALSO CREATES SITUATIONS IN WHICH ONE DOESN'T LOOK OR SOUND AS PEOPLE MIGHT EXPECT. MISS BRITISH IS A THEATRICAL REFLECTION ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF BEING A NON-WHITE GLOBAL CITIZEN. 

WHAT ARE THE AFTERLIVES OF SLAVERY AND FORCED LABOUR? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TEH COLOR OF OUR SKIN DOESN'T FIT WITH THE IMAGE THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT HOW OUR NATIONALITY 'LOOKS' LIKE?

 

 

 

© 2016, SYAHIRAH A. KARIM

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

MISS BRITISH WAS FIRST PRESENTED AS PART OF THE NECESSARY STAGE'S THE ORANGE PLAYGROUND (2015). THIS REWORKING IS COMMISSIONED BY M1 SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017. 

THIS WORK WILL BE PERFORMED AT XX-XX JANUARY 2017, 8PM AT XXX. IT FEATURES SHARON FRESE, GRACE KALAI, M. HAJA AND REBEKAH SANGEETHA DORAI.

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