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Desert Boy

Desert Boy


  • DATES & TIMES: Thurs 29 Apr-Sat 15 May, 7.30pm + matinees Tues 4 May, 2pm and Sat 15 May 3pm
  • TICKETS: £12
  • CONCESSIONS: £8 concs
  • PROMOTIONS All tickets £8 on 28 & 29 April
  • Nitro and the Albany present

    Desert Boy

    A new play by Mojisola Adebayo.


    'Exactly what theatre should be ... A buzz of energy runs throughout the production which keeps the performance alive and vibrant ... as beautiful to listen to as it is to watch.'

    The British Theatre Guide

    'A compelling and important piece of drama.'

    The Voice


    'A powerhouse of a play that touches a myriad of poignant issues keeping you glued from start to finish.'

    Gate Post


    Soldier Boy's in a deep situation. Minding his own on the streets of Deptford, he collides with the wrong crowd and meets trouble. Just one more hoody with a knife in his belly, he lies crying for his mother on a riverbank. Instead his cries are heard by the long-dead Desert Man, from Mali 300 years ago...


    This is the start of an amazing trip, from the chaos and crime of London streets to the stench of slave ships on the open seas and the chains of cotton plantations in America's Deep South. Man and boy share the absurdity and brutality of their history in order to shape their future.


    Shot with killer voices, singing across the ages from Mali to hip hop, from slave songs to rap, Desert Boy is a funny, fantastic and provoking new musical epic.


    'Fusing physical theatre, African storytelling and a capella singing, director Felix Cross has crafted a visually absorbing musical play, putting across Adebayo’s message with humour and pathos.'


    The Stage


    Written by Mojisola Adebayo, music and direction by Felix Cross.


    Post Show Talk Backs
    Thursday 6 & 13 May - with the creative team and guests


    After Party with DJs
    Fridays 7 & 14 May


    BSL interpreted performance, Thursday 13 May