Produced by China Plate and Tamasha

TRASH

Trash explores what happens when young women decide to monetize their appearance and learn the cost of knowing how to use sexiness as a weapon.

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Age: 16+

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A close up of small heart shaped sweets.

TRASH

Written by Urielle Klein-Mekongo

TRASH is a show about the glamourized view of financial success that exists within social media and the levels people are willing to go to have it. TRASH explores what happens when appearances and friendships become a commodity.

How much skin is someone willing to reveal to get their rent covered?
Who gets to set the boundaries?
Who holds the power?
Who is more Trash, the married men who pursue these women or the women that use the opportunity to get further ahead?

TRASH is a dark, musical comedy taking the form of a crime caper, involving a score with elements of drill, grime, soul and commercial hip hop. This is the story of Faith and Kyla, two working-class black girls who through a reconnected childhood friendship, decide to join the expanding industry of sugar daddies, without fully understanding what it actually entails.

Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre.

Image © Emily Ranquist – Pexels

Development

Urielle Klein-Mekongo was one of sixteen artists/companies selected for the Horizon Showcase 2021 programme of presentations and residencies, for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Commissioned by Arts Council England, the Horizon showcase is delivered by a consortium made up of Battersea Arts Centre, Dance4, Fierce, GIFT, MAYK and Transform.

Nine new, tour-ready, performance works were presented in a range of digital settings, alongside seven new projects, supported as part of a ‘residency’ programme, which enables artists to play with new performance ideas across a range of formats and genres. The works across both the residencies and live performance strands celebrate artists who are working across performance disciplines and currently based in England – all born out of a new approach to build deep and sustainable collaborations internationally.

For more information on Urielle’s residency and the rest of the Horizon programme, please visit the Horizon Showcase website.

Creative Team

A young woman with long braided hair, looking directly at the camera.

Urielle Klein-Mekongo

An award-winning writer, theatre maker, singer/songwriter and performer.

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  • Writer | Urielle Klein-Mekongo
  • Director | Emerald Crankson
  • Dramaturg | Gail Babb
  • Actors | Tanika Yearwood & Deborah Bahi
  • Stage Manager | Jessica Thanki
  • Assistant Director | Sahana Rackal
  • Music Producer | Emmavie
  • Commissioned by | Warwick Arts Centre
  • Co-produced by | China Plate & Tamasha

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