Eclipse Theatre comes to Oxford in April with Black Men Walking, the first work to be staged as part of the company’s ground-breaking ‘Revolution Mix’ movement.
It’s set to deliver the largest ever national programme of Black British stories produced and performed in UK theatres.
An Eclipse Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production, Black Men Walking is at The North Wall in Summertown on April 23 and 24.
Inspired by a real-life black men’s walking group in Sheffield, the piece has been conceived by Eclipse in collaboration with Leeds-based rapper, singer, producer and performer Testament. A rising star in the theatre landscape, Testament was most recently acclaimed for his one-man show about feminism, WOKE, which fused powerful first-person narrative with his signature beat-boxing and rapping.
It tells the compelling story of three middle-aged black men, Thomas, Matthew and Richard, who meet every month as part of a walking group to explore the dramatic landscape of the Peak District in Yorkshire. On this particular trip, the rest of group cancels, and it soon feels like maybe they should have done too. The men find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years of black history, embarking on a dangerous journey that invokes an element of the supernatural, an encounter with the spirits of their ancestors and an exploration of what it means to be both black and British today.
Tickets £16 concs £13. To book, call 01865 319450 or head to thenorthwall.com