In association with New Diorama Theatre and Nouveau Riche
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy
There is no performance on Monday 2 May as it is a bank holiday.
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.
Post-show Talk Tue 26 April
A Q&A with writer Ryan Calais Cameron. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
"What a joyous, sad, beautiful piece it is — muscular, vibrant, deeply tender."
"Beyond beautiful...There is trauma, swagger, laughter, and above all there is love. It’s almost overwhelmingly moving."
"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."
"Uproariously funny... tender, poignant."
"Hilarious but also very moving...There’s a whole lot of joy to savour here."
"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."
"Lively and meaningful...One of its triumphs is to demonstrate that there is no homogenous experience of blackness."
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.
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)
Relaxed Environment: Sat 23 April at 2.30pm
Age recommendation: 15+
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