- Katharine Gemmell
- 6 August 2019
Crafty introspective on gender, sexuality and race
From the Queer House and HighTide, Pink Lemonade by Mika Johnson traverses the intersections that form one person's identity, elucidating the unique nature of all individual queer experiences.
The narrative follows Mika, as they uncover their transmasculine identity, navigate through the micro-aggressions that come with being a person of colour, and pick apart toxic expectations of masculinity.
Mika touches on a relationship with a white woman who poisonously reveals her obsession with bashment music, black culture, and black womxn. Mika knows they are being fetishised, but when the person they truly like, Simmi, only wants to be with them in private, Mika can't help but go for someone who desires them so publicly.
With Simmi still resisting being labelled as queer and relentlessly proclaiming she's not a lesbian, Mika realises that if people can't accept you as you are, or fully accept themselves, you have to tear yourself away. It's a form of rebellion, rebelling from what your instincts are drawing you to – even if it's agonising.
Emphasised through original beats, dexterous dance sequences and an awe-inspiring emotional range, Mika's piece is a crafty introspective on gender, sexuality and race, that marks a triumphant Fringe debut for a dynamic young artist.
Assembly Roxy, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 Aug, 3.45pm, £10 (£9).