A brand new play with music will hold its world premiere at The Big House in London this November.
Redemption features text and lyrics by James Meteyard and music by The Last Skeptik (internationally acclaimed DJ, producer and composer, behind the score of critically acclaimed play Superhoe at the Royal Court Theatre).
The piece will premiere at The Big House in their Islington venue – from Wednesday 17 November through to 11 December.
Redemption follows explosive Maz and her truth-telling bars as she rails at the world and runs from a life in care. When she meets Tayo, a gentle soul with silky smooth vocal folds, they take the first steps of their musical career, but can they hold on to each other when promised the bright lights of success?
A powerful new play-with-music, Redemption explores themes of grief, trauma, family and forgiveness.
The Big House opened their venue in Islington in October 2018, offering both a theatre and a space to help young care leavers. The company’s work offers counselling, long term mentoring, training and workshops for young people to unleash their creativity and build confidence whilst participating in theatre and film. No-one is auditioned, but selected on the basis of need.
Directed by Maggie Norris (Artistic Director of The Big House), this production brings together an incredible team of artists with young performers for a show that will share the company’s ethos of making high-quality artistic work with a social impact.
The cast will feature Alpha Menda, Armani Morris, Fawaz Adekunle, James Atwell, Jayden Atuah-Hemaah, Jermaine Freeman, Keyona Fraser, Nadege Rene, Nia John, Renaya Dennis, Shaq Brown, Shanice Logan, Shaquille Jack, Tajah Workman and Taurean Steele.
Produced by Sarah Stallwood-Hall for The Big House, the production also includes design by Linbury Prize winner Zoë Hurwitz (Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Off West End nomination for Best Set Design), lighting design by Martha Godfrey (Time and Tide, Unknown Rivers), video design by Daniel Denton (Misty, BBC 4’s Kes Reimagined), sound design by Jack Baxter (About 500, DNA), movement direction by Kendra Horsburgh (The Pain Killer, & Juliet), musical direction by Jammz (founder of I Am Grime), assistant design by Ellie Roser, production management by Sean Laing and stage management by Leyla Percival.
The Last Skeptik said: “It is an honour to be working alongside the amazing team at Big House, with the next generation of talented actors and performers. It’s been a long road bringing Redemption to life given its original form way back before Corona in 2019, and James Meteyard has done an incredible job making such an emotive and heart wrenching script.
“It means a great deal to empower, encourage and propel the confidence of young people, as from my own experiences growing up in London with various bumps in the road – I can see the incredible merit in showing people the joy and purpose that art can bring.”
Maggie Norris, Artistic Director of The Big House, added: “The struggle facing the UK’s theatre industry as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown is extremely worrying. We are determined to stay open and find new ways to engage our audience. The Ballad of Corona V was designed to enable small groups to promenade through a live performance safely.
“We are delighted now to be able to open our doors to larger groups to see Redemption, a bold creative experiment mixing the sizzling text from James Meteyard with The Last Skeptik’s beats.”