Chanje Kunda


Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + STUN during Works Ahead 2017

In Brief

Science, sensuality, spirituality, selves. How our bodies mirror the universe through a constellation of particles shimmering within.

Now that it’s over, read a review by Afronalysis.

Venues + Booking Details for Works Ahead at STUN Studio

Dates: Thursday 11 + Friday 12 May 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £7/4 | For £13/7 see all three Works Ahead over two nights in two venues: book a ticket for Toni-Dee Paul + Tom Cassani at Contact.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600 (all tickets booked via Contact only)

Access Information for Works Ahead at STUN Studio

Age advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion). Duration: up to 45 minutes.
For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


The sun is a flaming cocktail of hydrogen
Literally too hot to handle
Hot enough to melt a landing probe
I have the same fire in me

Superposition takes you down the rabbit hole of physics, from the quantum world of the tiny to the expanses of the universe — via a lap dancing club — seeking to answer the big questions in life:

What are the real laws of attraction?
How do we satisfy our longing to connect?
What is my place in the universe?
What makes me, me?

A playful journey of discovery: about science; about sensuality; about spirituality; about ourselves; and how our bodies magically mirror the universe through a constellation of particles twinkling within us.

Who is she?

Chanje is a Manchester-based poet, playwright, and performance artist. Her first full-length play Blue Black Sister was commissioned by Royal Exchange Theatre in 2009; her most recent production Amsterdam premièred at Contact in 2014, subsequently touring nationally + internationally, and was nominated for both Manchester Theatre + Alfred Fagon Awards. In 2015 she was supported by the Talawa Firsts programme and won the BBC’s Verb New Voices Award, making content for radio + online platforms. On the performance poetry circuit she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, and venues in Jamaica + the Netherlands.

What people have said about her

It was surprising and broke many of the clichés about live art — particularly live art dealing with issues of gender and race. I thought you had great presence.
John McGrath, Manchester International Festival, on Superposition

★★★★ …highly imaginative …so lively and moving that there can be no barriers to audiences having a very good time indeed.
What’s On Stage, on Amsterdam
…richly textured, poignant, funny, gloriously descriptive, cleverly constructed…
Judy Gordon, Write Out Loud, on Amsterdam


Writer + Performer: Chanje Kunda | Director: Peader Kirk | Literary Consultant: Malika Booker | Movement Consultant: Fay Warne | Creative Development: Benji Reid | Producer: Michaela Waldram-Jones

Jointly co-commissioned/developed with support from Divergency, Contact, hÅb, STUN + Developed With The Lowry; supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Works Ahead 2017 is co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb + Contact; supported by STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North); supported using public funding by Arts Council England; funded by Manchester City Council.
Project Mentors: Matt Fenton + Peader Kirk

Websites | @ChanjeKunda | #WorksAhead

Works Ahead 2017

Thu 11 + Fri 12 May. See both nights £13/7
at Contact: 7.30pm. £7/4 each night
at STUN Studio at Z-arts: 7.30pm. £7/4 each night