★★★★★ "One of the most exciting things I’ve seen all year."Evening Standard
★★★★ "it is thrilling to see grime as a mode of theatrical storytelling"The Guardian
★★★★ "excitingly inventive"The Times
★★★★ "Totally, boldly different from anything else... Simmering energy."Time Out
★★★★ "Opens your eyes to what theatre could and should be... a game-changer."The Stage
A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.
In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend Viper.
Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.
In this semi-autobiographical piece, audiences stepped into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collided, and discovered how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.
Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse.
Poet in da Corner is part of Represent, a series of artworks inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918. While the act gave the vote only to women over 30, Represent invites young female artists to explore democracy, equality and inclusion in contemporary Britain.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation