Kerry Fitzgerald directs new play The Goodnight Girl, by Hannah Warsame. Set in modern-day Soho and featuring live music from Tamara Astor, this play centres around the invisible women living in its shadows; sex workers, regularly discussed but rarely heard from. The Goodnight Girl is a piece that explores female strength and tracks the journey of five women as they navigate their pasts and carve out their futures in a rapidly gentrifying Soho.
Kerry trained as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is co-artistic director of the feminist theatre company Purple Ostrich Productions. Her most recent directing credits include Purple Ostrich's Christmas Cracker 2016 (Vaults, Waterloo) and Vadge of Honour (UK Tour).
JUSTINA KEHINDE OGUNSEITAN
Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan directs a rehearsed reading of new play UMUADA, an exploration of black-motherhood and mental health within the urban-African diaspora. UMUADA, meaning ‘first-born daughters’ in Igbo, explores the innate and often unacknowledged process of un-becoming, a process that first-generation migrant women are forced to experience if their husbands, children and communities are expected to thrive. Conceived by Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and co-written by Yosola Olorunshola, UMUADA is a witty yet poignant exploration into the disruption, dislocation, bereavement and grief that accompanies migrant-hood and motherhood.
Justina Kehinde directed and co-produced the first-all black all-female production on a Cambridge stage, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…, before successfully taking it to London for a sell out production 2012/13. In 2014 she directed and co-produced the South African political-musical Sophiatown (ADC Theatre) and in 2017 was the assistant director and poet for FRONTLINE, a dance-theatre piece on Human Trafficking (The Place, London).