In the semi-autobiographical Poet in da Corner poet, lyricist, and dancer Debris Stevenson explores how grime helped shape her youth. Debris and previously announced writer and performer Jammz will be joined by Cassie Clare and Kirubel Belay.
Directed by Ola Ince, Poet in da Corner will also feature music and composition from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, co-founder and co-artistic director of Boy Blue.
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.
A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, Boy in da Corner.
Stevenson has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse. 13 years after encountering the early days of London’s grime scene, Stevenson uses music, movement, lyrics and poetry to recall how it gave her permission to redefine herself.
Poet in da Corner is part of Represent, a series of artworks commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and will run Friday 21 September 2018 – Saturday 6 October 2018.