Run It Back is a powerful, exciting, immersive new show from Talawa Theatre Company.
“Human connection through music is one of the most powerful and euphoric forces we know, it’s incredibly empowering. Run It Back is our challenge to the negative stereotypes attached to modern Black British sounds and culture. Add some treble plus a big dose of bass, top it off with a DJ and MC and let the young people speak, vent and wild out! We’re taking our places and bringing them back to life and we’re going to take theatre by storm.” – Director Coral Messam
Run It Back brings rave to theatre, exploring how Black British music liberates, connects and divides while fighting to stay alive in the face of disappearing spaces and changing legislation. Run It Back features dance, physical theatre and a live DJ set from award-winning DJ Conrad Kira to ignite the action.
Produced by the Talawa Theatre Company they are the UK’s primary Black led touring theatre organisation. Their work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that they create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. They invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so, they aim to enrich the cultural life of all.
This production is the latest in a string of sell-out shows from TYPT, Talawa Theatre Company’s annual collaboration with emerging Black theatre makers, produced by Gail Babb.
“Run It Back is close to my heart, it’s about our music and our culture and how important it is to celebrate it, but also the things that can threaten it like gentrification, police and general prejudice. Run It Back’s not your regular theatre experience, it’s going to be loud and immersive like you’ve just walked into a house party. I love working with Talawa. They’re the best and I feel at home here. What they do for emerging artists of colour is unrivalled.” – Conrad Kira