Where and when: Pleasance Courtyard (Above) at 17:20, 3rd-29th August
What it’s all about… Join Elz, Jams, Toni and latest arrival Jaime, as they confront the realities of our modern-day class system through live rap, trap and drill. Living in a hostel and battling impossible odds from the beginning, their worlds are upended by the arrival of a newcomer from a privileged background, with deeply held religious beliefs. As the dynamics of the hostel shift, all four struggle to get by, rapping the things they can’t bring themselves to say.
You’ll like it if… The idea with Rapsody is to bring in a different audience than the typical theatre goers. Although I’m sure they’ll be all there anyways, hopefully we can educate them about a class of people that are heavily underrepresented in the theatre scene and they can appreciate what a group of working class young artists can do. But we really want to break some new ground with this project, Rapsody speaks the same language as the ignored children of the UK. I believe it’ll resonate with working class kids like myself, hopefully when they see us spitting bars and speaking like we speak, we can lead by example and give disadvantaged kids the permission to feel part of the conversation in the arts. And to show them it’s not just completely dominated by the middle classes.
You should see it because… Everybody should come and see Rapsody. People should be taking notes about the day-to-day living of the poorest young people in this country, this play will be eye-opening for everybody who gets a ticket. I can’t say how audiences are going to feel but we want them to take away the lives of the four characters in the play and make what they want of that. As long as we do our job as actors, writers and directors. It’s up to them what they choose to take away.
Anything else we should know…: I’d just like to say that we’ve spent the best part of two years developing the writing of this project. It all comes from a place of hunger and authenticity, it’s not another poverty project written by a middle-class man who wants to fetishise the working classes. Corey Weekes and I are from very similar backgrounds as the characters depicted in the show. We know this world inside out and I’m personally sick of seeing stereotypes depicted in theatre so hopefully, Rapsody can help change that narrative.
Ticket link: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/rapsody#overview