Pink Lemonade (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Pink Lemonade

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).

Pink Lemonade

  • 4 stars

The Queer House and HighTide Token Toni loves a bitta bashment and only dates Black and Brown womxn, my barber holds the cure to lesbian urges and straight women are like junk food. 'Your anxiety must of got lost in the smoke, cos there's that chair behind me, I slump nervously, your hands are over me, quietly you tell…