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For the World Traveler

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

The cast of For Black Boys.

Feb 29 – June 1, 2024
2 Charing Cross Rd, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HH, UK

In Ryan Calais Cameron’s new play, six young Black men meet for group therapy and tell their stories. Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, the show premiered in 2021 at the small New Diorama Theatre, in London, and was performed last year at the Royal Court. Its third incarnation is now running in London’s West End. An entirely new cast takes on the roles of Onyx, Pitch, Jet, Sablem, Obsidian, and Midnight. They talk about gangs, dating, sexual identity, and race, weaving together violent reality and bursts of joy. “It’s a powerful and deeply moving meditation on Black masculinity and Black life in Britain,” the journalist Anya Ryan wrote in The Guardian. “But underneath all the pain, there’s an abundance of light, laughter, and boyish energy too.” —Jeanne Malle

Photo: Johan Persson / Garrick Theatre

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