For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy
Run time is 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)
Book For Black Boys theatre tickets and enjoy a compelling piece of new writing
After selling out at the Royal Court Theatre and extending due to popular demand, hit play For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide… transfers to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited season.
In therapy, six Black men meet, chat and let their imaginations flow freely. Father figures, good days, bad days, fashion advice and jollof rice fly back and forth as each man shares his story.
Mixing music, verse and movement, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide is a joyful but poignant play that balances hopeful fantasy and brutal reality. It is inspired by Ntozake Shange’s seminal work For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide and conceived in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.
The play was created in association with New Diorama Theatre and Nouveau Riche, and premiered at New Diorama in 2021, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre in 2022.
The Royal Court Theatre cast of For Black Boys… appear in the West End, after winning a Stage Debut Award for their work on the show. They are Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence.
Playwright Ryan Calais Cameron is the recipient of a Black British Theatre Award and was named one of The Stage’s 2022 list of 25 future stars of UK theatre. His other work includes writing for TV shows Queenie and The Flatshare, and plays Queens of Sheba and Human Nurture.
For Black Boys has movement direction by Theophilus O Bailey with musical direction by John Pfumojena and additional music and sound by Nicola T Chang.
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide will illuminate the West End with powerful, vibrant performances and a compelling story. It runs for six weeks at the Apollo Theatre between 25 March and 7 May 2023.
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide is recommended for ages 15+.