Friday 17 June | 7:30pm | STUN Studio at Z-arts
**includes post show discussion**
Phina Oruche is having an identity crisis.
Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in ITV1 drama Footballers’ Wives, Phina, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is.
Spending more than two decades of her life taking on other people’s identities – first as a New York fashion model and later as an award-winning TV actress – has taken its toll.
Her new one-woman show, Identity Crisis, was written as part of her Masters degree and although it is based upon her own life story, it explores identity struggles that are common to all of us.
Through its low-key staging, the show provides a perfect vehicle for Phina’s larger than life characterisations. From Amy Tan, a working class white girl with a Scouse brow and a taste for spray tans and black lads to Antonio de Silva, a football crazy Italian living in LA who misses his mum, Phina brings a colourful cast of eight characters to life, all of whom are having their own identity crises.
The tale begins with the real life story of the sudden death of Phina’s 19-year-old niece in her house in 2011 and the ensuing press intrusion.
Phina said: “After years of identity struggles, writing this show has given me the freedom to play characters I would never get cast as…”
“A stunning bravura virtuoso debut…”
“…as good as anyone I have ever seen on screen or stage…”
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Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
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Recommended age 14+