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Young, Gifted & Black 2022

3 October – 2 November

Theatre Peckham’s five-week programme, unapologetically celebrating people from the African diaspora through a variety of artforms.

Curated by our Associate Director Phillippe Cato.

Tickets are available on our What’s On page!

Or you can view the full line up here:

NO I.D. (3-5 Oct, 7.30pm)
NO I.D. follows the story of a transgender immigrant in the UK.  From colossal tasks in the healthcare sector to tiny troubles at the post office, Tatenda searches for valid proof of the joyful life he lives, proof which is hard to find in our current system.

Dark Matter (7-9 Oct, 7.30pm)
In South London, Takura grieves the loss of her grandmother in Zimbabwe. In an elaborately cosmic attempt to reignite their connection Takura combines her passions for quantum physics, astrology and some questionable google searches into Zimbabwean burial rites to make her own ‘home bringing’ ritual for Grandma’s spirit. Will Takura prevail? 

ELLIPSIS (10-12 Oct, 7.30pm)
Ellipsis explores the sensitive subject of stillbirths and child loss.
The story is raw in it’s essence, due to the nature of the subject matter but beautiful in its depiction of a woman strength and resilience.

Innocent Means Not Guilty (14-16 Oct, 7.30pm)
Innocent Means Not Guilty is a comedic drama uncovering the stories of four Black women who are in their final year at a top law school in the UK.
It’s been three years of friendship, but was it by force? Was it even friendship or was it survival? The story explores themes of Black womanhood, the British higher education system, sexuality, family, Black love and of course, the law.

Mulatto Boy (17-19 Oct, 7.30pm)
Huvi has been an Arsenal fan all his life but when his British citizenship application is rejected, he has no choice but to look to his mother’s past because after all, if he’s not British then who is he really?

Musical Theatre Night (20 Oct, 8pm) This feel good concert celebrates the best of musical theatre performed by the best artists of musical theatre. Join Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Chrissie Bhima and Michael Ahomka-Lindsay accompanied by Musical Director Ashton Moore.

Housewarming (21-23 Oct, 7.30pm)
Housewarming is an expressionistic, physically driven piece about home, belonging, and self within the diaspora.
Five performers embody one character, Anashe, as they invite the audience into their house, reflecting on what it means to be from somewhere else, wherever they are.

Our Love. Our Life. Our Family (24-26 Oct, 6pm)
Underground BarZ is the new home for emerging creative excellence to showcase spoken word poetry and Singing. In honour of Black history month; Our performers seek to express the intricacies of: Our life, Our love, Our Family.

The Culture Drip Showcase (27 Oct, 7pm)
Culture Drip Showcase is a platform designed to celebrate young emerging talents in the arts. From comics to musicians and spoken word artists the event brings a spotlight to gen z creatives stepping outside the mainstream and gives them a stage to present their skills to an audience.

One Way Out (28-30 Oct, 7.30pm)
When your past affects your future, there can only be one way out.
A level results day, Devonte, Tunde, Paul and Salim finally leave Sixth form and embark on their first steps towards independence.
With all their ambitious goals ahead of them, placed stereotypes and social bias begin to frustrate their views on life.

In The Key Of Love (1-2 Nov, 7.30pm)
“In The Key Of Love” is a conceptual piece combining multi-disciplinary art forms such as audio, visual and live performance. The project illustrates how our relationship with ourselves and others is where we find our definition of love and home. Laurielle sings about themes such as home, belonging, displacement and self-love.