Set in the shadows of concrete inner-city council estates, eleven year old Harri is walking a tightrope towards manhood. Events however begin to spiral slowly out of his control and his world will never be the same again. Harri has recently arrived from Ghana with his mother and sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku. The second best runner in the whole of his school year, he races through his new life in his personalised trainers (Addas stripes drawn in with pen), entirely unaware of the threat around him.
With an equal interest in the local gang, the Dell Farm Crew, as well as the pigeon who comes to sit on his balcony, Harri takes in the many unusual things that make up his new life in a new country, using all his senses to be able to navigate surviving in the inner city.
As a boy is knifed to death on the main road and the police’s investigations turn up no leads, Harri begins an investigation of his own. By doing so however, he may have accidentally endangered their whole safe and protected life his mother has created for him and his sister.
Stephen Kelman's 2011 Man Booker prize shortlisted novel is electrifyingly adapted for stage for its West End premiere by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan. Gbolahan is Genesis Fellow of the Young Vic Theatre and has had his play Walking The Tightrope performed at the House of Commons, as well as seeing great success with his play How Nigeria Became: A Story, And A Spear That Didn’t Work at the Unicorn Theatre.
Pigeon English is directed by National Youth Theatre Associate Director, Anna Niland and was one of the most exciting and gripping productions by London’s up and coming theatre scene in 2016. Pigeon English began performances at the Ambassadors Theatre on 26th September 2016 and ran until 22nd November 2016.
Recommended forFans of the original book by Stephen Kelman should not miss the opportunity to see Pigeon English fantastically brought to life on the West End stage.
Those who are interested in up and coming theatre should also ensure to check this out, as the National Youth Theatre have a reputation for fantastic work that has a different edge to the regular West End shows.
Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children