Hair – worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids – is the subject of The Head Wrap Diaries, a funny and uplifting dance theatre show by London based company Uchenna Dance. It’s an interactive show set in a hair salon about people, and their ongoing relationship with hair.

Blending African and Contemporary Dance with a good dose of humour and a sizzling soundtrack of Afro house, folk and electronic dance music to jazz and Ghana gospel, The Head Wrap Diaries explores femininity, beauty, culture, sisterhood and most importantly, hair.

You are welcomed by stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud, thinking about your own (and everyone else’s!) hair while you learn a thing or two about afrohair, straight from the hairdresser’s chair.

A multisensory pre-show installation will get you in the mood with specially commissioned art work, poetry, hair and head wrap displays, and drinkable conditioning smoothies which promote healthy hair! While the post-show Head Wrap Bar is your opportunity to meet the company, share experiences, have a drink and test out some head wrapping for yourself. A head wrap will be provided, but if you have any of your own fabric that you would love to bring along, please do! Fabric should be about 1 metre in length. 

What is a head wrap?

A head wrap is a cloth that is used to cover, wrap or tie around your head. It can be a scarf that you would tie around your neck, material handed down in your family, a bed sheet (cut to size), a sacred cloth or a fabric leftover. Men, women and children can, and do, wear head wraps. Anyone with hair, (no matter its texture), and those without hair, can wear one. They are a universal accessory worn by many, for many different reasons.

Date and Time

Tuesday 24 April, 7.45pm


£12.50 (£10 under 26)

Reviews from past audiences

'I'm white, I'm a man, I'm bald, but I get it. I absolutely loved it!'

'Fierce, witty and brilliant!'

'Here is a work that is engaging, authentic, culturally rooted and beautifully danced'


Production Images

The Head Wrap Diaries