Poet in da Corner

Poet in da Corner

Royal Court · 21 SEP - 06 OCT

Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson is a young poet, musician and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse.


What happens if you fight against the odds, against the opinions and attitudes that surround you, to achieve the life you want – and then realise it’s not what you need?

Step into a pirate radio station, a teenage bedroom and a house party as an outsider battles to find her voice.

Thirteen years after encountering the early days of London’s grime scene, Debris Stevenson uses music, movement, lyrics and poetry to recall how it gave her permission to redefine success and become a poet.

Created as part of Represent, a series of artworks inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918. While the act gave the vote only to women over 30, Represent invites young female artists to explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre, supported by Jerwood Charitable.
In association with Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Curve.

Critic reviews

Dizzee Rascal inspired journey into grime is a work of art

Evening Standard

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


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

The Stage

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

The Guardian

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

The Times

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

Time Out

Mind-blowing energy

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 21 Sep - Sat 6 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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Sloane Square SW1W 8AS London, UK · Get Directions
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