Dates and Times
Tue 1 - Sat 5 Nov at 9pm
Part of our Autumn 2016 season, and of our ‘Whose London Is It Anyway?’ strand of work. Catch Merryville in a double bill with Follow Suit on Tue 1 – Wed 2 Nov, and Muvvahood on Thu 3 – Sat 5 Nov – two shows for £16.
Presented by HighRise Theatre, co-produced by CPT
It’s 2020. Since the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, dodgy politics, austerity and civil unrest have left the streets of London in turmoil. A new coalition between the Conservatives and UKIP has driven house prices to an all-time high. Two local rappers (Dr Green Fingers & Dustin Roads) find themselves in the last ‘affordable’ housing block in London. They have to work two jobs to make ends meet, options are thin, and as they flirt with the idea of leaving their home, sparking revolution or a life of crime, they can’t help but dissect the politics that have surrounded them the past 10 years.
A Grime concept concert that brings the truth from ground level. Expect MP rap battles, tactics for revolution and a dealer’s guide to inflation. Merryville is an honest account of what it means to live as a born and bred Londoner when the housing crisis, inflation and dirty politics continue to force us out of our city.
“An articulate, amusing and angry political rant through the medium of grime” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage
“Witty, engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational” ★ ★ ★ ★ Everything Theatre
“Merryville is a brave, funny, original, anarchic and vitally important piece of work” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Plays To See
“A sharp musical take on the political concerns facing our times, and our future” ★ ★ ★ ★ London Theatre 1
Image credit Mary Melodies.
About the company
HighRise are a theatre collective who seek to spark conversation and build bridges between forgotten communities by representing the rhythm of the streets. With family roots spreading five continents, we have a unique approach to telling stories. Our core aim is to use inner-city memories, culture and music to give the unheard a voice through theatre.
HighRise Theatre’s upcoming project Merryville is the recipient of Cardboard Citizens’ £2K Home Truths Young Company Bursary, developed in partnership with Camden’s People Theatre and made possible by the generous support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Cardboard Citizens and CPT will support the development of the project in a mentoring relationship. In addition to the bursary, HighRise Theatre will also receive guidance from Cardboard Citizens and CPT’s artistic, production and development teams.
Merryville is also supported by We Are Spotlight.