The intersectionality of being Black and Woman is hot.
The heat not only causes us to be sun kissed, but the pressure from the heat - if we survive and are not scarred - causes inside to steam.
The steam cannot be contextualised...
or something that the English language can hold,
in an attempt to explain,
that movement inside - stirred up by the pressure of the heat -
Is God... IS!
Do non-black /womb-less beings
What I do know is - there's something about the pressure that comes from being in the uniform that
IS God... IS?
Writer: Aleshea Harris
And whilst I agree that the furnace that is white supremacy/ racism is the cause, the pressure, of the God steam inside of the Black and Woman to awaken....
Sometimes that pressure causes so much scarring, so much trauma - that the steam isn't channeled correctly.
Instead, it implodes!
Taking her partner, that is going through his own pressure with them.
The steam is stuck.
Failing to recognise who started the fire and their intent.
There's a war against those who resemble God. Is God Is.
The Scars on the surface
Getting stuck in the furnace causes scarring. The God has to move in a way to avoid this.
Is God Is does a great job at presenting this narrative both intentionally and unintentionally.
We meet twins Racine and Anaia from the Dirty South who are on a mission (by God?) to get rid of the EVIL...
is EVIL... is?
They are told by God that it is the one dressed in Black and Man... but is it?
As it seems the evil is also a God.
Is the God, that wants her twin disciples to kill anyone who dares not to convert, too scarred by the fire furnace to a God at all?
I loved the set!
Set Designer and Graphic Designer Shankho Chaudhuri does a great job at including
vibrant colours that compliments, the vibrant characters.
And the comedy, against the Western, Hip-hop mix made murder digestible.
The style reminded me of the Call me by your name video a bit.
It etched out
The (British) actors did a fabulous job at obeying the
southern accent with poetical ease -
and it reminded me of the original language of the Gods - music.
Can we pause and absorb the dancing in the text?
Isn't it magic.
That through the obstructive boxed English that Black people were forced to spell and speak,
finds its own dialect that - if channeled correctly - weaves its way through the heat of the furnace, avoids the scarring/ the trauma... and releases into the universe?
Note - the magic that is God, is to not get stuck in scarring.
GOD does not have a uniform.
It is wrong to assume all Gods wear the same uniform of Black and Woman. Because of so much trauma, and also because God cannot be contextualised it is steam.
What is the EVIL?
Is seldom recognised. Too much scarring. And the severity of the burns matter.
The different levels of scarring is addressed externally and internally by the twins.
Outer scarring and internal scarring explored - obscuring their decisions.
Is God... Is EVIL?
Who they think is God... is actually evil from too much scarring.
Is God Is highlights this but unintentionally. It mistakenly vilifies the wrong fire starter leaving a majority non-black audience, unaccountable for their contribution to scarring!
And whilst I understand Is God... Is the Black Woman experience - this false narrative results in delusion and gaslighting.
The reality is, we need - Therapy for Black Girls.
God told a story of who Evil is - but the scarring makes me not believe her.
Director: Ola Ince
✮✮✮✮✮ Vibrant/ Fun/ Humorous/ Brilliant - but the loss of a star is God... is more than Black and Woman... GOD is more like steam.
Is God Is - playing at the
Royal Court Theatre until Saturday 23rd October.