For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

A world of music, movement, storytelling and verse – where six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival

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15 October 2021  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“You will almost certainly know Nouveau Riche for Queens of Sheba and Ryan Calais Cameron’s hard-hitting Typical, about the death of a black man in custody. Now the company turns its attention to black male mental health and the struggle to survive. This work takes its title from Notozake Shange’s 1976 theatrical choreopoem For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, about a group of unnamed people whose voices tell of bittersweet experiences as black women. Like Shange’s play, this new piece uses monologue and movement, poetry and music to speak of lived experience, the beautiful and the brutal.”

Overview

'I found a king in me and now I love you
I found a king in you and now I love me'

Father figures and fashion tips. Lost loves and jollof rice. African empires and illicit sex. Good days and bad days. Six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild.

For Black Boys is located on the threshold of joyful fantasy and brutal reality.

A profound and playful new work from multi-award-winning company Nouveau Riche and playwright Ryan Calais Cameron, whose 2021 film Typical was heralded as a landmark event in digital theatre.

World premiere. Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre. Co-commissioned by Boundless Theatre.

Critic reviews

The cast is mesmeric

Exeunt

Timely and has potent moments but this production feels underdeveloped

· The Guardian

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Date & time

Until 06 Nov
Tue 12 Oct, 2021 - Sat 6 Nov, 2021
3.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

15 - 16 Triton Street, Regent's Place NW1 3BF London, UK · Get Directions

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