In association with New Diorama Theatre and Nouveau Riche

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

By Ryan Calais Cameron   

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Thu 31 Mar - Sat 07 May 2022

Following its sold out premiere at the New Diorama Theatre in 2021, Ryan Calais Cameron’s new play comes to the Royal Court for a limited five-week run.

“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…, inspired by Ntozake Shange’s seminal work For Colored Girls… is located on the threshold of joyful fantasy and brutal reality: a world of music, movement, storytelling and verse – where six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival. 

Originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by Boundless Theatre.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"What a joyous, sad, beautiful piece it is — muscular, vibrant, deeply tender."

Financial Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Beyond beautiful...There is trauma, swagger, laughter, and above all there is love. It’s almost overwhelmingly moving."

The i

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Simply put, this is an exquisite show. If you see one show this month, see For Black Boys. It’s hard not to be moved by this elegant and raw ensemble performance."

Culture Whisper

★ ★ ★ ★

"Uproariously funny... tender, poignant."

The Times

★ ★ ★ ★

"Hilarious but also very moving...There’s a whole lot of joy to savour here."

Evening Standard

★ ★ ★ ★

"Writer Ryan Calais Cameron's script is courageous to tackle such demanding themes in a loving and conscientious way. His poetry is light and playful even when it examines heavy themes and visceral trauma."

Broadway World

★ ★ ★ ★

"Lively and meaningful...One of its triumphs is to demonstrate that there is no homogenous experience of blackness."


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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 7 April, 7pm)

Thu & Sat matinees: 2.30pm (from 9 April)

No performances on Fri 15 & Mon 18 April

Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

We encourage and support audience members, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings throughout the venue and in the auditorium, out of respect for others, and in support of the cast. Read full details about your visit to the Royal Court here.

For information about free tickets for people aged 27 and under who may not have been to the theatre or the Royal Court before, and for people who would like to see this particular show and might not otherwise have been able to, please see here.

Access Performances

Captioned: Wed 20 April, Wed 27 April & Wed 4 May at 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 30 April at 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)

Audio-described pre-show notes for For Black Boys… by VocalEyes

Relaxed Environment: Sat 23 April at 2.30pm

Age recommendation: 15+

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

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