A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca

For Black Boys…

For Black Boys…
4 April 2024
Garrick Theatre
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

I’ve wanted to catch this production in its previous three runs in London, but wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule, so was very excited when it got its fourth run, this time at the Garrick Theatre. The show has been further extended and is currently booking until June, I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t had a chance yet.

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy by Ryan Calais Cameron is a must see play, focussing on the expectations and challenges placed on Black boys in modern British society. This powerful work delves into the multifaceted experiences of Black masculinity, exploring themes of identity, mental health, and societal pressures.

Through a blend of raw emotion and poetic language, For Black Boys highlights the complexities of navigating a place in the world for young Black men who have so many preconceptions and expectations placed upon them. The play serves as a thought-provoking exploration of self-discovery and resilience in the face of adversity through poetic language and evocative imagery, delving into themes of self-discovery, mental health, and the quest for liberation.

Cameron’s writing effortlessly weaves together poetry and narrative, creating a tapestry of Black masculinity that is both hauntingly beautiful and painfully complex, reflecting the complexities of identity, from the weight of societal expectations to the struggle for self-acceptance and finding ones place in a hostile world.

The performances were nothing short of breathtaking. The actors brought a depth and vulnerability to their roles that made every moment feel authentic and raw, running through many different presentations of masculinity and lived experiences. The play is a profound exploration on what it means to be Black, to be male, and, ultimately, to be human.

A stunning performance that will stay with me long after the lights have come back on.

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