Six Artists in Search of a Play
By Vanessa Walters
Directed By Cherrelle Skeete
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.”
Don't miss the accompanying event Exploring The Voices Of Caribbean Women.
Friday 4 June 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)
To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- 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)
- A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)
Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.
This performance will be captioned with a live subtitled post-show talkback. Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This performance will also be filmed. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.
A live recording of the Michael X reading will be released on the Almeida YouTube channel in the near future. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.
Post-show talk with members of Michael X company, chaired by Cherrelle Skeete. Free to same performance ticket holders. Includes live subtitling.
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 approx. 70 minutes. 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
Composer Shiloh Coke
Choreographer Dwayne Barnaby
Assistant Director Naomi Denny
Mika Onyx Johnson