- Best Performance Piece, Off-West End Awards - 2019
An epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and underground soul of inner-city London.
Arinzé Kene's Misty is an inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, confronting the assumptions and expectations underpinning the act of telling a story.
Misty premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2018, performed by the author and directed by Omar Elerian. It transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End in September 2018.
Misty won Best Performance Piece at the 2019 Off-West End Awards.
Misty is also available in the volume Contemporary Plays by Black British Writers.
‘Here is the city that we live in
Notice that the city that we live in is alive
Analyse our city and you’ll find that our city even has bodily features
Our city’s organs function like any living creature
Our city is a living creature
And if you’re wise enough, you’ll know not all of us are blood cells…
Some of us are viruses.’
'The hot topics of race and cultural stereotyping fizz and dart about this lively and innovative piece of work… surely destined to be a big popular hit'Evening Standard
'Kene has a poetic gift and a powerful presence… his form of performance poetry is at its most vivid in his vision of modern London with its loft extensions, pavement traffic jams and yummy mummies creating "pramageddon"'Guardian
'Brilliantly conceived... an articulate critique of humanity's internal intolerances, as the audience is entangled into a two-hour reflection on their own preconceived perceptions of others'Broadway World
'Inventive, subversive, slightly surreal… it's bracing to see the question of who gets to tell stories – and how they might be circumscribed – tackled head-on here, with wit, exuberance and visual flair'Time Out
'Pulsing and potent… at once a polemic, an essay and a poem'The Stage
'Cuts to the heart of a pressing cultural debate… as fiercely thought as it is elegantly structured'WhatsOnStage
'Witty, hard-hitting… a powerful meditation on how we tell stories and a raw, beautiful Odyssey through the heart of London'The Arts Desk
15 Mar 2018Size: 198mm x 129mm
15 Mar 2018
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