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Black Theatre Live announce next national tour, Big Foot

27 July 2017

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Black Theatre Live and Stratford Circus Arts Centre present Big Foot

A semi-autobiographical coming of age story about learning to take care of the ones we love

Written by Joseph Barnes-Phillips | Directed by Dominic Garfield

UK TOUR: 4 October to 10 November

PRESS NIGHT: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Thursday 5th October 7pm

With grime music and Guyanese folk stories, Joseph Barnes-Phillip’s semi-autobiographical story is a comic, tragic and honest portrayal of becoming a man. The story follows Rayleigh as he negotiates the tensions of growing up and taking responsibility: to his pregnant girlfriend, to his sick mother, to his church, to the multi-cultural community he grew up in and somewhere in the mix to himself. The show has been created by HighRise Theatre to be the sixth touring production for consortium Black Theatre Live.

When the euphoric highs of teenage life in south London collide with his mum’s terminal illness, all Rayleigh wants to do it watch anime in his pants and eat indomie. Love, life and masculinity meet head-on as Rayleigh tries to find his feet, torn between the new girl in his life and being there for his mum, while trying not to make the same mistakes as his dad.

Big Foot follows Black Theatre Live’s all-black Hamlet, new play She Called Me Mother, one-woman show The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Inua Ellam’s An Evening with an Immigrant and Macbeth. The show will tour the consortium’s eight venues across England, which have come together to commission and showcase excellent theatre of BAME companies. HighRise’s show was selected from a range of productions by emerging artists put forward by the venues: Big Foot was championed by Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

HighRise Theatre is a collective of diverse artists with family roots that span five continents, resulting in an eclectic and dynamic approach when telling stories, keeping an ear to the street and the communities they work in. Their work has included collaborations with Arts Council England, CHICKENSHED, London Bubble, Tangled Feet, Oval House, The Yard, artsdepot, CONEY, MUJU, Fun Palaces, Croydon Council, BAC and many more. They will appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with The Concrete Jungle Book.

Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of eight regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change for BAME touring theatre through a sustainable three­year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development. Black Theatre Live is a partnership of Tara Arts, Derby Theatre, Queen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and Key Theatre (Peterborough). Black Theatre Live works with emerging and established BAME companies across England to commission and tour high quality productions to the consortia theatres. The structured audience development and community engagement programmes will include live digital streaming and cinema relay.

Stratford Circus Arts Centre provides world-class, accessible creative experiences and performances on the doorstep of people in Newham and East London, driven by the belief that access to art brings joy, empowers people, and draws them together.Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a vibrant place to create and experience art through world-class theatre, dance, music and circus and visual exhibitions, with work for families and young people.Its extensive creative learning programme works with local schools and community organisations to introduce local people to artistic experiences through workshops and bespoke creative projects.A modern and versatile building, it receives more than 125,000 visits a year and is a key resource for the local community. Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and a registered charity.

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Company Information

Written & Performed by Joseph Barnes-Phillips

Directed by Dominic Garfield

Tour Listings

4 – 7 October Stratford Circus, London Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX 0844 357 2625 | www.stratford-circus.com

12 Oct Theatre Royal Margate Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW\ 01843 292795 | www.theatreroyalmargate.com

13 Oct Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL 01823 704 042 |

14 Oct artsdepot, London 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA 020 8369 5454 |

18 Oct Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS 01434 652477 | www.queenshall.co.uk

20 – 21 Oct Key Theatre, Peterborough Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF 01733 207239 | www.vivacity-peterborough.com

25 Oct Theatre Royal Bury St Edumunds 6 Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1P33 1QR 01284 769505 | www.theatreroyal.org

26 Oct Lighthouse, Poole 21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG  0844 406 8666 | www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

28 Oct Derby Theatre 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF 01332 59 39 39 | www.derbytheatre.co.uk

31 Oct Contact, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA 0161 274 0600 | contactmcr.com

1 – 4 Nov Tara Theatre, London 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18 4ES 020 8333 4457 | www.tara-arts.com

8 Nov Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Queens Square, Queens Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP 01483 430 528 | www.thelbt.org

9 Nov Lakeside Theatre, Essex University Of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Square 5, Colchester, CO4 3SQ 01206 873 261 | lakesidetheatre.org.uk

10 Nov Upstairs at the Western, Leicester 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 OGA www.upstairsatthewestern.com

Black Theatre Live is supported by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairnbarin Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.

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