Written by Berri George
Directed by Adam Dattis
2016 development supported by the Talawa's Studio Firsts programme & 2017 New Diorama BAMER project
June 2018, Barefaced Theatre & Minty Fresh Productions in association with Theatre503 staged the show for a 2 week run.
“Hit everything from here to … Amersham – end of the line”. He said. So I did. Marked every available surface with my can. Four hours went by. Heart proper pounding.
Shadow Kingdoms is a two-hander, cross-platform, performance piece.
Love it. Hate it. Train (graffiti) writing was prolific – a form of artistic and political creative expression which in many ways defined this city's individuality.
Set in the early 2000’s, against an ever-changing political landscape, this play examines the displacement of two individuals: Mute (Born n’ bred Newham) and Nxsta (Civil War Refugee). Both individuals find an escape from their troubled and isolated lives in the night-time cityscape playground of train yards and tube depots. Two people from very different worlds finding a common language, and learning to trust in humanity again.
"They crackle and bounce off each other, both hurting, both desperate for some type of connection" #ExeuntMagazine
"Their acting is so strong that their oddball relationship is very believable, and they both unpack their backstories with sensitivity.” #TheReviewsHub
"...a young black man who is incredibly smart, funny and a bit of a lovable goofball, casting and writing go refreshingly against rehashed ‘type’....Myrie’s emotional presence carried me along.” #MyTheatreMates
"....despite the forces trying to oppose it. Set in the darkest hours of the night, it nevertheless is drenched in all the colours of the rainbow." #EverythingTheatre
"The performance is an unusual piece of theatre, exposing you to a world which you probably know very little about – the world which leaves London colourful...." #EverythingTheatre
"Underneath the layers of paint, there is a tender portrait here of two people caught on the wrong side of the tracks. Berri George’s writing is smart and funny." #TheReviewsHub