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.
Recommended forAny 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.
Age Recommendations: TBC