Six Artists in Search of a Play
By Vanessa Walters
Directed By Cherrelle Skeete
Running Time: TBC
This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.
Orator and Black Power activist Michael X addresses the crowd at the 1965 Racial Adjustment Action Society, ‘the lifeblood of the Black man in Britain.’ His incendiary speech takes in his journey from Trinidad to Notting Hill and the destruction of the Caribbean dream in the face of British racism.
Cherrelle Skeete on why she chose this play: “I was in my first term at drama school in London and still finding my feet away from Birmingham. I was shiny and new to the big smoke. I had a mental list in my head of all the historically Caribbean spots across the city, with Ladbroke Grove at the top. So when I saw flyers around the drama school asking “Who was Michael X? Black Power activist and political icon? Liar, pimp, murderer ?”, and then read that the performance was taking place at the legendary Tabernacle, I knew it would be a piece of theatre specifically for the residents of that area, the very community Michael X would have served. Michael X represents the community hero that was created out of a desire to survive and thrive no matter what. Although the majority of the black power movement was captured in London, there were Michael X’s all over the UK. Telling this story pays homage to the unsung heroes of inner city migrant communities.”
Tickets will now go on sale slightly later than originally advertised:
Almeida Members 12pm Tue 11 May
General sale 12pm Wed 12 May
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Friday 4 June 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)
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- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled, plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
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This performance will also be filmed and released online at a later date. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.
The release date for the recording will be announced soon. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.
Following the reading, there will be a post-show talk with members of the creative team. Free to same performance ticket holders.
We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.
Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.
Running time TBC. Find out more about our running times here.
Michael X contains themes of racism and at times includes racially violent language.
Direction Cherrelle Skeete
By Vanessa Walters