#Hashtag Lightie 2017 (Stage)

Ella is mixed race, addicted to social media and Queen of the Selfie! Her thriving YouTube channel has make up tips, opinions, and videos of her boisterous family.

But after one of her videos goes viral, Ella finds herself in the centre of a social media storm that leads to a family meltdown. With her identity and perception of beauty challenged, can Ella promote self-love without fueling hate?

Writer Lynette Linton (Former Associate Director, The Gate and Current Resident Assistant Director, Donmar Warehouse) and director Rikki Beadle-Blair (Team Angelica, Theatre Royal Stratford East) return with this heart-warming and hilarious exploration of the conflicting ideas of what it means to be mixed race in Britain today.

Longlisted for Best Production and Best Set at The Off West End Awards 2018.

British Blacklist: ★★★★★
“It goes without saying that #Hashtag Lightie packs a huge punch from an entertainment and intellectual standpoint.”

Miro Magazine: ★★★★
“The audience is totally submersed in the goings-on throughout the play, either erupting with shock or applauding loudly at some of the racist remarks or connotations.”

London Theatre 1: ★★★★★
“It is a production that makes you rejoice, not only at the prospect of the future of theatre when placed in the hands of such a clearly capable (and largely unexplored) new generation…”

The Up Coming: ★★★★
“What is also remarkable is the relationship the play formed immediately with its audience… This is a work that deserves to be seen widely.”

The Stage: ★★★★
“Black Apron Entertainment’s on-stage video tech also illustrates the messy world of social media perfectly, but it’s Lynette Linton’s script that steals the show.”

Live Theatre UK: ★★★★★
“This is not only a strong piece of writing, collectively the cast of #Hashtag Lightie excel under Linton and Beadle-Blair’s collaboration. John Russell Gordon’s dramaturgy has enabled this play to flourish at the Arcola, perfectly suited for this work.”

Link Up TV: ★★★★★
“Produced by Black Apron Entertainment, the cast and production crew successfully executed for the second time a fantastic show. The play was witty, accessible but mostly moving.”

Company:

Writer: Lynette Linton

Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair

Producers: Daniel M Bailey & Lynette Linton

Assistant Director: Gino Ricardo Green

Dramaturg: John Russell Gordon

Stage Manager: Anna Sheard

Lighting Design: Sam House

Sound Design: Tristan Parkes

Production Manager: Heather Doole

Marketing Consultant: Aaron Wright

PR: Laura Horton

Video Tech: Gino Ricardo Green

Visual Content: Black Apron Ent.

Cast:

Devon Anderson
Grace Cookey-Gam
Adele James
Sophia Leonie
John Omole
Jamie Richards