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Royal Court Theatre

Following its critically acclaimed premiere in 2018, this coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album returns to the Royal Court for a limited run before embarking on a UK tour.

After premiering in 2018 to widespread acclaim, Debris Stevenson’s Poet in da Corner, a coming of age memoir inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, returns to the Royal Court.

In Stevenson’s semi-autobiographical piece, a girl living in a strict Mormon household somewhere just between East London and Essex 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, she begins to change – her dyslexia left her feeling muted, her sexuality was conflicted, and her loneliness was overwhelming, but this music allows her to spit powerful words, feel free to explore and feel appreciated by her closest friend.

Debris Stevenson is a dyslexic writer, Grime poet, working-class academic, pansexual ex-Mormon and social activist – unsurprisingly, she feels compelled to explore the intersectional, unjust and unexpected. At the age of eighteen, she organised and hosted Turning Points Festival and has since founded Mouthy Poets, an organisation teaching thousands of young people poetry as a life skill; through this, she has raised over £300,000 to develop young artists.

Poet in da Corner features grime MC Jammz as SS Vyper and is directed by Royal Court Associate Ola Ince (Tina: The Musical, Bugsy Malone). Following the run at the Royal Court, the production will embark on a UK tour to The MAC Belfast, Leicester Curve, Nottingham Playhouse, Manchester HOME, Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire.

Step into a world where music, dance and spoken word collide in Debris Stevenson’s story of how grime allowed her to redefine herself - Poet in da Corner runs at the Royal Court from 30 January 2020.

Sorry this show closed 22 February 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
21 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020
Running time:
1 hour and 20 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 14+
Audience Notes:
Any grime fans should jump at the chance to see the musical genre explored on stage, as should anyone interested in experiencing a ground-breaking and genre-blending new piece of theatre.

Poet in da Corner Reviews

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User Reviews


This was a clever show. If you don't like rap then avoid otherwise submerge yourself in the autobiographical story of a woman moved by a Dizzie Rascal album. Superb

Performance date: 13 February 2020
Performance date: 12 February 2020
Performance date: 03 October 2018
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