What followed was a stunning slow start to what would be a very intense ride. The show - directed by Coral Messam and written by Ashlee E L Roberts and Dzifa Gazo - is comprised of ten emerging performers and devisers, who each individually have charm and boatloads of talent. Set in a disused warehouse - strung up with cautionary signs and police tape - performers Esmonde Edgar Cole and Buky Victoria Esan enter quietly and calmly, tearing police tape as our anticipation grows. Unexpectedly, the garage door lifts and a Dj enters in on a rig of scaffolding, carrying the other performers in a moment reminiscent of Mercutio’s entrance to the ball in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juilet. The brilliant Dj Conrad Kira booms out music ranging from grime, to Afro-beats to Reggae which this sets the scene for what comes; some beautifully organised chaos.
Messam’s direction mixed with a delicious soundtrack imitates the club environment perfectly, with the dull low beats combined grinding sweaty bodies - you really do feel like a fly on the wall. The performance does not have any linear storyline, but in between moments of incredibly intense and skilful dancing, each performer takes a moment to express what the club environment means as a young black person in Britain.
They explore politics between men and women - putting a spotlight on how black women are disrespected through degrading lyrics, violent grinding, and also through one particularly heart-wrenching moment when a wig is stolen in a club - to ridicule a female.
In one section, they underline the difficulties with how you view your own race and the perception of race of others around you - showing how mixed raced individuals can feel like they don’t understand where they fit in - simultanouesly being shunned by white and black communities.
There are moments of sheer hilarity, interspersed with moments that truly make your heart ache. Each performer is stunning to watch - and what they have created is a truly immersive show embodying the rave culture scene whilst also putting the Black British experience centre stage - I implore you to see this show as soon as you can.