HeLa 2013 - by Adura Onashile (Iron-Oxide) (1)

Hela

Wed 10 Sep 2014

60mins

This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line.

1951, Henrietta Lacks walks into the coloured section of a hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A cell sample taken without her permission was used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line. HeLa comes to macrobert following a successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Winner of the Best Scottish Show on the Fringe Award. Total Theatre and Amnesty International Award Nominee. "This is a piece of theatre that not only entertains and moves, but asks essential questions about medical ethics, vulnerability and the abuse of trust."(60 mins)

'This is a piece of theatre that not only entertains and moves, but asks essential questions about medical ethics, vulnerability and the abuse of trust' - The Scotsman

'Part lecture, part theatre and brimming with insight, Adura Onashile gives a performance that is as spirited as it is heartbreaking: her dance as Lacks is a dance for survival' - The List

'HeLa of a Show - This fascinating story is performed by Adura Onashile, who slips in and out of a variety of characters from Henrietta's life' - Broadway Baby

'The fusion of video, music, monologue and physicality makes HeLa a feast for all the senses. This extraord nary, true story is treated with delicacy and astuteness and is worth a watch' - The Peoples Review

 'A theatrically bold in the telling, with Onashile's heart-rending performance at its centre' - The Herald