Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre
Poet in da Corner
A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.
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.
In this semi-autobiographical piece, step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.
Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse.
This new work is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and 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: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the Royal Court Theatre, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, in association with Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Curve. 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Insight Workshop: Poet in da Corner
Led by Poet in da Corner writer Debris Stevenson, exploring music, poetry and lyricism through highlighting the links between writing music and theatre. For this workshop it is encouraged to bring headphones and a selection of songs to listen to. If you are unable to bring these along, they will be provided for you.
Young Court Friends* ages 14-18 | Mon 15 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm | Booking opens Mon 1 Oct at noon
Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Wed 17 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm | Booking opens Wed 3 Oct at noon
Ages 26+ | Fri 19 Oct, 6pm-7.30pm | Booking opens Fri 5 Oct at noon
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Stop Dat, Ask Why: Poet in da Corner Launch Party
Fri 21 Sep, post-show. Come and move your body to the beats of a live DJ, mingle with new people and take the opportunity to jump on the open mic stage in the Royal Court’s Bar & Kitchen. All are welcome whether you’re an established artist or a dynamic newcomer. It will be an evening that’s inspiring, invigorating and intoxicating. This is a free event.
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm
Running time: TBC
Age Guidance: TBC
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