Dates and Times
22 April 2015 to 9 April 2014 at 7.30pm // 6pm on 2 May // 9pm on 5-9 May
Part of The State We're In: three weeks of political work leading up to the General Election
A co-production between Beats + Elements and CPT
"Raw and authentic" The Stage
"They pretty much hit the nail on the head with this piece of theatre" London Theatre1
"Mature and relevant with an impressive amount of soul" Londonist
"It's dramatic authenticity is pitch perfect" Exeunt
"Astonishing and heartfelt" West End Wilma
" No Milk for the Foxes has a maturity, and a subtlety, that makes it a voice worth listening to" After Nyne
Two security guards. One night shift. Zero hours contracts.
Is it important to aspire to a higher station or better just to accept your lot? As the television monitors buzz in front of them, two friends pass the night shift debating status, class and milk. Mark is keeping his head down, working hard and praying his contract will be extended. He’s saving up to take his girlfriend Gemma on her dream holiday to Tenerife. Sparx just can't wait to clock off and roll a spliff. Minimum wage with no pension? He's had enough. Today he is leaving. Quitting. Definitely. Although, he said that yesterday…
Through spoken word, humour, live looping and beatbox, No Milk For The Foxes explores Cameron’s England from the perspective of the working class. As working class artists themselves, the creators want to challenge representations of class on the modern stage and bring humour and humility to their audiences.
*** Read this Guardian feature on the show, published Wed 22 April, here. ***
After some performances of No Milk for the Foxes, Beats + Elements have curated evenings of spoken word, rap and beat boxing. Join us in the foyer after the performance on the following nights:
Wednesday 22 April:
Gambit Ace, Kyronne. Free3Flow, Primetime, DeeRiginal, Mav and Mali, Tubby Boy and Lakeisha Lynch Stevens
Thursday 23 April:
FTLOM, Kyronne, Luke Martin, Dan Nunn, Primetime, Tubby Boy and Lakeisha Lynch Stevens
Saturday 25 April:
Luke Martin, Kyronne, Free3Flow, Dan Nunn, Primetime, Tubby Boy and Lakeisha Lynch Stevens
Thursday 30 April:
Kyronne, Free3Flow, Dan Nunn, Primetime, Carl Chamberlain and Lakeisha Lynch Stevens
With Dr Dave O'Brien (senior lecturer in Cultural Policy, ICCE, Goldsmiths’ College) and Dr Sam Friedman (Asst Professor in Sociology, LSE). Drawing on recent high-profile debates about working-class representation and participation in culture, Dr O'Brien and Dr Friedman's research "uncovers worrying patterns of disadvantage within the acting profession, a cultural form that is vital to the UK, reflecting the exploitation and inequality at the heart of contemporary Britain."
In the lead up to the run, Paul and Conrad have been delivering workshops to groups of young people in the Borough of Camden, with the aim of engaging them not only with theatre and music but also social debate and politics. Join us from 5.30pm on Monday 20 April for a final workshop at CPT.
About the artists
Beats and Elements is a collaboration between Conrad Murray and Paul Cree.
Conrad is an interdisciplinary performer, actor, singer, MC, rapper and sometimes dancer. He has directed devised work at venues including Etcetera, White Bear, and Shunt. He has also facilitated and directed the BAC YPT and Homegrown, and the BAC Beatbox Academy from around 2008. Paul is a spoken word artist and rapper. He has performed around the UK at festivals and venues such at Latitude, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Edinburgh Fringe and Roundhouse, Barbican, and Battersea Arts Centre. His first solo show A Tale From The Bedsit featured in the critically acclaimed Last Word Festival in 2013 at the Roundhouse.