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.
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.
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.