Poet in da Corner

Poet in da Corner

Royal Court · 30 JAN - 22 FEB

Following it’s critically acclaimed premiere in 2018, this coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, returns for a limited run and a UK tour.

“Grime music is at the heart of this hugely enjoyable piece of theatre. It was a massive success at the Royal Court two years ago so if you didn't see it then it's well worth a visit this second time around.”
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“A huge hit in 2018, Debris Stevenson’s musical play about how grime “gave me permission to exist” returns to the Royal Court. A partially autobiographical tale, it follows Stevenson from a strict Mormon upbringing in East London through a difficult school life where she was dyslexic and bullied and a university education embracing Shakespeare to the moment of transformation when she first heard Dizzee Rascal’s album Boy in Da Corner. This is a very cleverly put together show full of lyricism and energy that reworks Rascal’s songs to map the life and times of a young woman who understands the incongruity of what she is doing and revels in the act.”


In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

Critic reviews

An energetic, exuberant gig-theatre show, built with theatrical savviness on Dizzee Rascal's iron-strong foundation

WhatsOnStage (from previous run)

Debris Stevenson's high-octane musical pays homage to the music that made her

The Stage (from previous run)

Debris Stevenson tells how grime became her salvation in a show that explores race, representation and authenticity

The Guardian (from previous run)

Debris Stevenson’s grime-soundtracked coming-of-age story is inspiring, inventive and exciting

The Times (from previous run)

Debris Stevenson’s Dizzee Rascal-inspired coming-of-age story is soaked in the energy of London’s grime scene

Time Out (from previous run)

The beats and Debris’s fierce personality are exhilarating

The Upcoming

Verse after verse is packed into an arresting hour which overtly states its claim for such lyrics to be held in the same regard as Shakespeare


There are several things that are absolutely brilliant about this production

Broadway World

A daringly inclusive response to our culture wars

The Telegraph

It’s a rite of passage story, but it also raises all sorts of questions

Financial Times

Electric return for passionate showcase for power of grime

Evening Standard

A fantastic piece of gig theatre

Everything Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 30 Jan - Sat 22 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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Sloane Square SW1W 8AS London, UK · Get Directions
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