A theatre show in the form of a live gig is the unique sounding premise behind The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective, a new collaboration from two exciting youth companies.
A mash up of hip-hop, theatre and puppetry brings together four acclaimed artists: beat-boxer Hobbit, b-boy Ryan LoGisTic Harston, singer/poet Elektric and puppeteer Mohsen Nouri to form the collective.
Described as “gritty, moving and funny,” the show will “combine gripping tales, transfixing poetry, hip-hop, and imaginative puppetry to explore the hardships faced by young people in the UK in the 21st century.”
Sue Buckmaster (artistic director, Theatre-Rites) and Keith Saha (co-artistic director, 20 Stories High) are the co-directors/writers. They say: “These four stunning artists have come together with us to hear first-hand what young people in our communities face, from feeling invisible to feeling pressured, from harming themselves to the harm inflicted on them by others. Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High are committed to telling these stories in an exciting, relevant way and, as well as opening up a dialogue about their concerns, we hope that the evening is ultimately filled with hope and energy.”
The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective tour will include post-show jams, workshops and events across the country, and it all kicks off at the Unity from February 4 to 13, with a limited number of £6 tickets available for under 21s for each show. For tickets and more information, see the Unity’s website.