Sherise Strang brings female empowerment to Brighton Fringe with I’d Had Enough So I Killed Him.
Inspired by the life of poet and writer Maya Angelou, a woman who fought her whole life for black women, as an activist and feminist, the dance/physical theatre solo, explores the various complexities of life as a women of colour. The uplifting and empowering performance is a search for being, seeing and wanting to be seen. A search for identity, security and strength. A search for confession, for conviction, for judgement. Washing all the dirt off to get to the core, to make it visible.
“I’d Had Enough So I Killed Him is about being a pure human,” said Sherise.
“A pure human for me is being honest. Honest to yourself, the people around you, nature. Everything that lives. And being able to feel; listen to what your body and mind is telling and stand strong behind it.”
Sherise has combined the poetry of Maya Angelou and film of her own grandma to create a performance representing the struggles of both of these women, as well as her own struggles being a black woman in a white community.
“To perform my own work feels amazing,” she said. “It is going there, intimate, more than dancing other people’s work.”
The performance was inspired by the 2015 documentary Human, which aims to get to the core of what it means to be human. The Yann Arthus-Bertrand film includes honest and brutal first-person stories to camera, with contributions from sixty countries.
I’d Had Enough So I Killed Him is a physical representation of feeling and experience through dance. A performance from the heart, mind and body of a young woman connecting with her own and other women’s experiences.
I’d Had Enough So I Killed Him ran from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2 at The Spire on Eastern Road.