It's one of those hot April evenings that feel like summer, and the heat is stifling in Sissy's London flat as she dances, unrestrained, beautiful, alive…
But when sixteen-year-old Eshe arrives, powerful emotions come to the surface – and the two women are locked in a dance where freedom clashes with duty.
babriye bukilwa's play …cake is a psychological drama that asks if the cycle of generational trauma can ever be broken. Can queer, Black femmes find love and belonging when the soil beneath them – and the climate around them – is hostile? It was first performed at Theatre Peckham, London, in 2021, directed by the venue's Associate Director, malakaï sargeant.
'everything i do kills you. i don't know if i love you because i have to or because i can't help it… i don't know if both of those things are bad.'
'Claustrophobic and thrilling... babirye bukilwa's two-hander explores themes of race, class and sexuality with extraordinary subtlety'Independent
'A devastating and necessary watch... Never before have I seen such a real portrayal of the trauma that is passed between generations'A Younger Theatre
'Raw, uncompromising... A dark, twisted psychological drama'London Theatre 1