Chris Sonnex had a brilliant eye for new writing when he headed up the Bunker. Now, he is the artistic director of Cardboard Citizens, the unique company which works with those with experience of homelessness or who don’t feel they have a home and voice because of poverty and inequality, and which has produced some memorable work over its long history. Its latest show is written by writer and actor Danusia Samal, whose Out of Sorts won the Theatre 503 International Playwrighting Award. Bangers, which has been touring youth groups and community hubs before hitting Soho Theatre, tells the stories of two strangers, Aria and Clef, who meet in a nightclub where the DJ is playing some banging tracks. But can they overcome the trauma of the past to make a new future? And can they hear both the music and the wisdom when the DJ drops it?
Two headliners crossfade between stories of love, sex, and losing their creative spark – set against a backdrop of precarious lives in urban London – as an ever-present DJ shapes their lives with banger after banger. Cardboard Citizens presents this new play from Danusia Samal, who stars as Aria, alongside Darragh Hand as Clef and Duramaney Kamara as the DJ. Featuring original tracks inspired by early noughties and present-day R&B and Garage, Bangers follows the highs and lows of two strangers as they struggle with their own pasts, while hurtling towards each other’s futures. All the while, the DJ continues to play, dropping samples and words of wisdom. After all, it’s not about the last track but the one coming next that counts. Bangers comes to Soho Theatre’s Upstairs space for three weeks, following a four-week tour to community venues across London. Don’t miss this ‘mixtape play’ in the first production directed by Cardboard Citizens’ new Artistic Director, Chris Sonnex. Captioned performances are available for the duration of the run through Talking Birds’ Difference Engine. Captions are delivered to audience members’ own mobile devices via the Difference Engine app. Performance BSL Interpreted by Jacqui Beckford Thu 30 Jun, 7.15pm Age Recommendation: 16+