Chanje Kunda | MAKE Slate Commission   

Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist based in Manchester. Some of her prominent performances include features at The Royal Albert Hall London and the Calabash Literature Festival in Jamaica.

During a residency in the Netherlands she performed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen. In 2015, she won the BBC's Verb New Voices Award. She has also completed a paid internship for ITV, story-lining for Coronation Street.

Her collection of poetry Amsterdam was published by Crocus Books. She adapted this collection for stage and it has toured extensively in 2015 and 2016, including features at The Southbank Centre London, the National Arts Festival of South Africa, and at and the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe.

Her last play Superposition was commissioned by the Lowry and did a UK tour in 2017- 2018.

Plant Fetish   
Commissioned by Eclipse, HOME and ARC as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. 

Performance artist Chanje Kunda was suffering with stress and anxiety and discovered that plants reduce stress. She then learnt that some women in Mexico, fed up with men, were getting married to trees. The trees aren’t very talkative, but they are tall, do great things for the planet, and are renowned for their wood. Chanje was inspired and surrendered to this notion. She fell in love with plants: fleshy succulents, monstera’s hand shaped leaves, the Venus flytrap, the twining of a creeper. The pressures of life drifted away.

This show maps her journey, and features a harem of stunning tropical plants. There will be music and movement, dramatic narrative and metaphors and growth and renewal, and the show ends on a climax…

With us forever comparing our lives to those of others on social media and the superficial numbers game that is dating via online apps, Plant Fetish will inspire you to embrace foliage over FOMO!

“Chanje Kunda defies expectations by adopting a tongue-in-cheek style closer to an autobiographical comedian… Kunda generates a naturally warm and appealing personality that keeps the audience riveted to her story… As a work-in-progress, [Plant Fetish] is strikingly successful.”  British Theatre Guide

“[Plant Fetish] generates a joyful energy… A timely and empowering tale of the benefits of embracing foliage over FOMO, the beauty that can be found within imperfection, and the transformative power of nature.”
Circles & Stalls

The show is a Slate MAKE Commission supported by Eclipse, HOME, Manchester and ARC Stockton and has project management mentoring from Black Gold Arts Festival (BGAF).

After performances at ARC and HOME in Autumn 2019, the show will then be available for national touring to festivals, theatres + rural venues in 2020. 

Key dates: 

ARC, Stockton: Wed 20 - Thu 21 Nov – Book here
HOME, Manchester: Wed 27– Sat 30 Nov –
Book here

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Picture credit: Rudy Meade

Chanje Kunda | MAKE Slate Commission