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01Relaxer20210215In Peckham, between the Chicken Shop and the Afro Food Cash & Carry, you'll find World of Curls. Ronkę and her fellow hairdressers Blessing and Peaches will relax or braid, weave or cut.

Going to the hairdresser is where Black women learn about their culture, through the hair styles they see being created, the languages they hear and the stories they'll never forget. And Ronkę shares her worries about her daughter Bim. She is getting into trouble at school and Ronkę and her husband Seun fear this will be a stumbling block for her future. What exactly are their options?

Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis was the first play to be heard on Radio 1Xtra and has been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Lagos, It was chosen to be one of the reopening season shows at the Bridge Theatre, London shows in Autumn 2020 where it played to full houses. Her first TV show BBW was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4. She is currently on attachment at Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six.

Jade Lewis is a theatre director and directed the stage version of Quarter Life Crisis. Her recent work includes Resident Director on Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. She was nominated for the Stage Debut Director’s Award for Superhoe at the Royal Court and was selected by Audible to work on their new writing for audio drama series GNR8T.

Cast:
Ronkẹ Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ
Seun Yinka Awoni
Nicola & Bim Emerald Crankson
Blessing Deborah Bahi

Sound Engineer Wilfred Acosta
Sound Designer Richard Haynes
Written by Yolanda Mercy
Directed by Jade Lewis
Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora production for BBC Radio 4
Photograph credit Kiraly Saint Claire

In the salon, women come and go talking of weaves and braids, journeys past and to come.

02Weave20210216In Peckham, between the Chicken Shop and the Afro Food Cash & Carry, you'll find World of Curls. Ronkę and her fellow hairdressers Blessing and Peaches will relax or braid, weave or cut.

Going to the hairdresser is where Black women learn about their culture, through the hair styles they see being created, the languages they hear and the stories they'll never forget. And Ronkę shares her worries about her daughter Bim. She is getting into trouble at school and Ronkę and her husband Seun fear this will be a stumbling block for her future. What exactly are their options?

Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis was the first play to be heard on Radio 1Xtra and has been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Lagos, It was chosen to be one of the reopening season shows at the Bridge Theatre, London shows in Autumn 2020 where it played to full houses. Her first TV show BBW was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4. She is currently on attachment at Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six.

Jade Lewis is a theatre director and directed the stage version of Quarter Life Crisis. Her recent work includes Resident Director on Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. She was nominated for the Stage Debut Director’s Award for Superhoe at the Royal Court and was selected by Audible to work on their new writing for audio drama series GNR8T.

Cast:
Ronkẹ Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ
Peaches Michelle Greenidge
Blessing Deborah Bahi
Seun & Jacob Yinka Awoni
Destiny & Bim Emerald Crankson
Caller & Chantelle Yolanda Mercy

Sound Designer Richard Haynes
Written by Yolanda Mercy
Directed by Jade Lewis
Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora production for BBC Radio 4

In the salon, women come and go talking of weaves and braids, journeys past and to come.

03Locks20210217In Peckham, between the Chicken Shop and the Afro Food Cash & Carry, you'll find World of Curls. Ronkę and her fellow hairdressers Blessing and Peaches will relax or braid, weave or cut.

Going to the hairdresser is where Black women learn about their culture, through the hair styles they see being created, the languages they hear and the stories they'll never forget. And Ronkę shares her worries about her daughter Bim. She is getting into trouble at school and Ronkę and her husband Seun fear this will be a stumbling block for her future. What exactly are their options?

Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis was the first play to be heard on Radio 1Xtra and has been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Lagos, It was chosen to be one of the reopening season shows at the Bridge Theatre, London shows in Autumn 2020 where it played to full houses. Her first TV show BBW was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4. She is currently on attachment at Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six.

Jade Lewis is a theatre director and directed the stage version of Quarter Life Crisis. Her recent work includes Resident Director on Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. She was nominated for the Stage Debut Director’s Award for Superhoe at the Royal Court and was selected by Audible to work on their new writing for audio drama series GNR8T.

Cast:
Ronkẹ Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ
Peaches Michelle Greenidge
Blessing Deborah Bahi
Sandra & Selina Cherrelle Skeete
Star Boy Joseph Barnes-Phillips
Tray Patrick Elue

Sound Designer Richard Haynes
Written by Jade Lewis
Directed by Yolanda Mercy
Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora production for BBC Radio 4
Photograph credit Kiraly Saint Claire

In the salon, women come and go talking of weaves and braids, journeys past and to come.

04Shaved20210218In Peckham, between the Chicken Shop and the Afro Food Cash & Carry, you'll find World of Curls. Ronkę and her fellow hairdressers Blessing and Peaches will relax or braid, weave or cut.

Going to the hairdresser is where Black women learn about their culture, through the hair styles they see being created, the languages they hear and the stories they'll never forget. And Ronkę shares her worries about her daughter Bim. She is getting into trouble at school and Ronkę and her husband Seun fear this will be a stumbling block for her future. What exactly are their options?

Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis was the first play to be heard on Radio 1Xtra and has been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Lagos, It was chosen to be one of the reopening season shows at the Bridge Theatre, London shows in Autumn 2020 where it played to full houses. Her first TV show BBW was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4. She is currently on attachment at Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six.

Jade Lewis is a theatre director and directed the stage version of Quarter Life Crisis. Her recent work includes Resident Director on Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. She was nominated for the Stage Debut Director’s Award for Superhoe at the Royal Court and was selected by Audible to work on their new writing for audio drama series GNR8T.

Cast:
Ronkẹ Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ
Peaches Michelle Greenidge
Blessing Deborah Bahi
Ma Kemi Lofinmakin
Seun Yinka Awoni
Christina Emerald Crankson

Sound Designer Richard Haynes
Written by Yolanda Mercy
Directed by Jade Lewis
Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora production for BBC Radio 4
Photograph credit Kiraly Saint Claire

In the salon, women come and go talking of weaves and braids, journeys past and to come.

05Braids20210219In Peckham, between the Chicken Shop and the Afro Food Cash & Carry, you'll find World of Curls. Ronkę and her fellow hairdressers Blessing and Peaches will relax or braid, weave or cut.

Going to the hairdresser is where Black women learn about their culture, through the hair styles they see being created, the languages they hear and the stories they'll never forget. And Ronkę shares her worries about her daughter Bim. She is getting into trouble at school and Ronkę and her husband Seun fear this will be a stumbling block for her future. What exactly are their options?

Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis was the first play to be heard on Radio 1Xtra and has been performed in Edinburgh, London, and Lagos, It was chosen to be one of the reopening season shows at the Bridge Theatre, London shows in Autumn 2020 where it played to full houses. Her first TV show BBW was commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4. She is currently on attachment at Soho Theatre as part of Soho Six.

Jade Lewis is a theatre director and directed the stage version of Quarter Life Crisis. Her recent work includes Resident Director on Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. She was nominated for the Stage Debut Director’s Award for Superhoe at the Royal Court and was selected by Audible to work on their new writing for audio drama series GNR8T.

Cast:
Ronkẹ Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ
Peaches Michelle Greenidge
Blessing Deborah Bahi
Seun Yinka Awoni
Bim Emerald Crankson
Salesman Patrick Elue

Sound Engineer Wilfred Acosta
Sound Designer Richard Haynes
Written by Yolanda Mercy
Directed by Jade Lewis
Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora production for BBC Radio 4
Photograph credit Kiraly Saint Claire

In the salon, women come and go talking of weaves and braids, journeys past and to come.