Spoken Word Artist Koko Brown takes a searching look at what it means to grow up mixed race in contemporary Britain taking her new production White to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this month.
Koko was raised in North West London, and will be one of few women of colour performing at the festival using live vocal looping and spoken word to interrogate the concept of mixed-race privilege.
Her work is about being the other and focuses mainly on race, gender, mental health and identity blending theatre with spoken word and uses her loop station as an additional limb.
Koko has performed in venues including the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, and Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. Her work has been performed at the Roundhouse, Soho Theatre and at Glastonbury Festival.
“White is a solo show about identity; being a mixed-race black woman and feeling like an outsider,” explains Koko.
“I find that many audience members want to talk to me after the performance. Some have questions, some challenge me but most feel an emotional response to the piece – an understanding. Ultimately I want to take White around the country and include a Q&A to give people time and space to have a conversation that is clearly needed.”
Koko Brown’s White is at The Pleasance Beside from Wednesday 15th to Monday 27th August at 11.30am. Book online at www.pleasance.co.uk or call Box Office on 0131 556 1513
View the trailer for WHITE here https://vimeo.com/user58116418/white