Television actress Phina Oruche was at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Kensington to perform her one woman show for pupils.
Phina, who has starred in Footballers’ Wives and Hollyoaks, portrays nine different characters throughout the performance representing a variety of race, gender and age.
The Academy believes it is important for pupils in years 9 and 10 to understand that it is not unusual to have struggles with identity and that concerns they may have are shared by everyone.
Tracey Greenough, head of school at ASFA says: “At ages 14 to 16, students are starting to think about who they are as a person and may be beginning to make important decisions about their futures and their roles in society.
“For this reason I felt it was important for pupils in this age group to see Phina’s show as they approach this crucial time in their lives.
“The experiences featured in ‘Identity Crisis’ really resonated with the students and all of us at the Academy are thankful to Phina for bringing her performance to the school.”
Phina says: “All of my characters are vulnerable, flawed and struggling with who they are. Many are working class and are portraying voices and experiences that are often absent from stage and screen.
“Britain is experiencing an identity crisis post-Brexit and I believe that it is important for young people to know that it isn’t about black or white, it is about getting to the reality of who you are and taking back your narrative and your power.”