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#Hashtag Lightie

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Returning after a sell out run, #Hashtag Lightie is back!

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 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.

There will be a question and answer session after select performances. Stay and chat to the cast and creative team.

Part of our new Summer/Autumn season.


★★★★★ This is not only a strong piece of writing, collectively the cast of #HashtagLightie 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
—Live Theatre UK
★★★★ The performances are uniformly superb (John Omole and Devon Anderson are standouts), and the use of video/technology is very well done. The lighting, sparse set, and (especially) the sound-scape are all used to great effect, in order to escalate tension, and Rikki Beadle-Blair directs with precision, clarity and, what feels like, a complete understanding of Ms. Linton’s multi-faceted text.
Capturing with ease the language of the ethnicities, classes and cultures it depicts, #HashtagLightie is a much-needed depiction of a community often wholly ignored by the world of theatre.
—Media Diversified


Lynette Linton


Rikki Beadle-Blair

A production by Black Apron Entertainment in association with Nina Carr Productions.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Previews £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 8pm
Matinees on Saturdays 3.30pm
There will be workshop after every Saturday matinee for those who want to know more about how the show was created. Open to the public.
Press night: Thursday 16 November, 8pm

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 75 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Suitable for 14+