Tue 4th - Sat 8th Apr 2017
‘***** One of the most life-affirming, inventive and beautiful shows’
‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’ Maya Angelou
Featuring a repertoire ranging from Wagner and Purcell to Nina Simone and Whitney Houston, Black is an intimate and confessional portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolat’s life: his hopes, his fears and his battle with depression. Performed with an 13-piece orchestra.
'One of the most life-affirming, inventive and beautiful shows' The List
‘His voice is stunning.’ Broadway Baby
‘A flawless show.’ TV Bomb
‘Sensitive and canny... Le Gateau’s voice is a treat.’ Exeunt
‘Upfront and poignantly personal... depression distilled in music and insight... full of beauty and intensity.’ The Stage
BSL interpreted performance: Wednesday 5 April, 8pm.
After the performance of Black on Wednesday 5 April, there will be a post-show discussion with Le Gateau Chocolat and Heather Agyepong, chaired by Errol Francis. This talk is free to those with a ticket to the performance on Wednesday 5 April.
During the run of Black, there will be a quiet space available for anyone who needs a break in a peaceful environment, situated on the first floor (lift access is available). The quiet space will be open from 7pm, until the end of the performance. Please ask a member of the front of house team if you would like to use it.
Age suitability: 12+
Running time: 60 minutes
Director/Co-Writer Ed Burnside
Musical Director/Arranger Julian Kelly
Set/Costume Designer Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting Designer Joshua Carr
Sound Designer Tom Aspley
Produced and Developed by In Company Collective
BSL interpreted performance: Wednesday 5 April, 8pm
Post-show Q & A: After the performance of Black on Wednesday 5th April, there will be a post-show discussion with Le Gateau Chocolat and Heather Agyepong, chaired by Errol Francis. This talk is free to those with a ticket for the Wednesday 5 April performance.
Errol Francis is CEO of Culture& and graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Social Policy and from Central Saint Martins in Photography and Fine Art and is a PhD Candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL. He has substantial experience of community engagement around mental health with minority groups. He was formerly Joint Programme Lead at the Sainsbury Centre of Mental Health, Senior Associate Coordinator at the Department of Health and was Inspire Programme Director at Arts Council England. Most recently he was artistic director of the highly acclaimed Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014. He has recently directed the Acting Out Nottingham 2015 festival and is director of the curatorial group PS/Y which is currently developing a programme on the theme of Hysteria. http://cultureand.net/about/
Heather Agyepong is visual artist & performer who lives and works in London. Her work is concerned with mental health & wellbeing, activism,archive and the diaspora. She uses both lens based practices and performance with an aim to culminate a cathartic experience for both herself and the viewer. She is also an Associate Artist at Talawa Theatre.