Gang culture theatre takes to the streets

Croydon Guardian: Gang culture theatre takes to the streets Gang culture theatre takes to the streets

An outdoor performance exploring the topic of gang culture is literally taking to the streets.

Knight Watch is enjoying a national tour of urban spaces and is set to be performed in Coronation Gardens, in Pirbright Road, Southfields.

Nigerian poet Inua Ellams' magical realist tale transports audiences to a city not unlike London, punctuated by violence and gang warfare.

Protagonist Michael keeps away from the warring tribes, until a passer-by helps him out of a tight situation.

He is instantly pulled into a culture he has tried to escape, as the city spirals out of control while battle lines are drawn and redrawn.

Friendships are tested as the performance explores whether Michael will be able to succeed in the enduring war.

Inua is a poet, writer and graphic artist, with this performance following a sell-out run of Black T-shirt Collection on earlier this year.

He has performed at a variety of venues including the Soho Theatre, Tate Modern, Glastonbury and Latitude.

The writer has also got four books under his belt, with poetry book 13 Fairy Negro Tales being published when he was only 22-years-old.

Knight Watch will be performed at several London venues, including the Southbank Centre, car parks as well as Latitude festival.

Knight Watch, Tara Theatre @ Coronation Gardens, Pirbright Road, Southfields, July 5-7, 9pm, Tickets £13 (cons £9), visit tara-arts.com or call 020 8333 4457

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