See it if you want to see passion storytelling What you see on the outside isn't necessarily indicative of what's going on in the head or heart
Don't see it if the shows title isn’t your choice of preferred theatre.
See it if You enjoy meaningful stories. You want to laugh and cry (mostly). You enjoy music being incorporated in plays! You like modern plays .
Don't see it if You don't care about mental health. You can't handle themes such as abuse/suicide/death.
See it if You want an more nuanced view of young black males, their hopes, dreams, fears & what they go through on a daily basis internally and extern
Don't see it if Go see it& learn that there is more to black men then headlines portray
See it if You have a black son, black husband, father, friend, colleague, acquaintance or want to expand your knowledge. It’s a necessary see.
Don't see it if You’re happy staying ignorant
See it if If you want hear a multiplicity of perspectives on the experiences of Black men and boys in Britain. There's comedy, beautiful writing, hugs
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...Cameron’s secret weapon – and that of his excellent cast – is humour. If ‘For Black Boys…’ can veer towards earnest cliché, there’s always a wickedly funny joke to undercut the seriousness, and Cameron has a wonderful ear for the merciless pisstaking patter of a group of lads.
Given the title there’s a surprising amount of joy in Ryan Calais Cameron’s play. It’s a mosaic of young British black men’s experience, often laugh-out-loud funny and physically exuberant, occasionally poetic, but with a recurring undertow of dread.
This tender, poignant and vitally populist show’s cumulative impact is potentially profound. It has the power to make you want to treat your fellow human beings, regardless of their skin tone, with greater kindness and respect.
But the other thing about this production that has not changed is its intention. That affirmation is no less necessary than it was last year: Black boys, you are beautiful, you are valuable – and you matter. How wonderful that more people get to receive this message.
Maybe because of being (presumably) written in lockdown, it’s bursting with energy. The individuals are excellent – Lawrence’s heartbreaking reveal of Midnight’s childhood trauma is a standout – but the collective is what’s powerful, here.
Slowly but surely, society is waking up to the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young males. And as Ryan Calais Cameron's lively and meaningful new show makes clear, young black men are at particular risk due to the discrimination they face in a white-run society.