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14 November–2 December 2017

Black Apron Entertainment

#Hashtag Lightie

by Lynette Linton

Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair

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 each performance*. Stay and chat to the cast and creative team.

*Not on Thursday 23 November


★★★★★ It is a witty, thoughtful, awakening, intelligent, necessary and deeply personal story that is eloquently written by Linton, and ingeniously brought to life by Director Rikki Beadle-Blair.
★★★★★ Witty, accessible but mostly moving.
—The LinkUp
★★★★ Full of humour and often painful honesty, the nuance and subtlety is impressive.
—The Stage
★★★★ It is a masterful examination of how we deal with race in modern culture.
—The Upcoming
★★★★★ This is not only a strong piece of writing, collectively the cast of #Hashtag Lightie excel under Linton and Beadle-Blair’s collaboration.
—Live Theatre UK
★★★★ The performances are uniformly superb.
#Hashtag Lightie is a much-needed depiction of a community often wholly ignored by the world of theatre.
—Media Diversified


Devon Anderson


Jamie Richards


Grace Cookey-Gam


Adele James


Sophia Leonie


John Omole



Lynette Linton


Rikki Beadle-Blair

Stage Manager

Anna Sheard

Sam House

Lighting Design

Tristan Parkes

Sound Design
Standard £17
Concession £14
Previews £12

Standard tickets are £12 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+

Press enquiries: Laura Horton — lauraclarehorton@hotmail.co.uk

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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