Essentially Black
Set and Costume Design

Written by Naomi Denny
Soho Theatre
Director | Tramaine Reindorf
Lighting designer | Abi Turner
Photography | Hannah Moss
2016. Oxford University. A statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Based on the real life events of the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University, Essentially Black looks at what happens when race and elite universities collide, and asks who truly has the right to protest in a time when representation and authenticity are being called into question.

The set cosisted of large blocks echoing the limestone bricks of Oxford University, asking the audieince to consider the ideas which the institution has been built on and what it might take to dismantle them.