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Cheeky Little Brown

By Nkenna Akunna

Year staged: 2023

Opening night: 21/09/2023

Staged in: Bristol Old Vic

Cast Size: 1


How do you break up with your best friend? Meet Lady, a determined sharp-tongued charmer who loves her best friend Gemma as much as she loves a late-night kebab. It’s Gemma’s birthday party. The two haven’t seen each other for six months. Cheeky Little Brown, by the Papatango Prize-winning playwright Nkenna Akunna (Some of Us Exist in the Future), is a failed night out, a musical, a show about heartbreak and queerness, taking place on a journey through the city Lady calls home. With original songs, this coming-of-age story examines a friendship between two Black women, on diverging paths of self-love and acceptance.

Original Cast

Tiajna Amayo

Tiajna Amayo

Production Team

Nkenna Akunna


Chinonyerem Odimba


Aldo Vazquez


Jodie Underwood

Lighting Designer

Esther Kehinde Ajayi

Sound Designer

Rafay Rashid

Music Arrangement and Production

Dennis Ryan

Music Arrangement and Production

Abdul Shyllon

Vocal Coach

Meriel Pym

Scene Painter

Sophia Khan

Afro Hair & WHA Consultant

Heather Basten CDG

Casting Director

Shaelee Rooke


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