The 25th Anniversary Production of my play Boy with Beer,’ Britain’s first ever black gay drama, hits the Kings Head Theatre from 8-26 November 2016.
Slip under the covers of 90’s Brixton with upwardly mobile photographer Karl and swaggering homeboy Donovan as they explore their most intimate desires while squaring up to social expectations and their innermost fears.
Boy with Beer is a rare kind of love story. What do you do if the one you love won’t love you back is the question at the heart of this relationship between two black men. As a story about power, prejudice, and the pressures of machismo, I feel the drama has as much to say today as it did twenty-five years ago at the height of the AIDS pandemic.
Starring two of London’s hottest up-and-coming actors, Chin Nyenwe and Enyi Okoronkwo, the production is directed by Harry Mackrill ((Associate Director on Moira Buffini’s Olivier award-winning Handbagged)), and set to the sweet sound of dub composed by Rudimental’s Taurean Antoine Chagar. I’m just so thrilled to present it to a whole new generation at the Kings Head Theatre.
With a spate of ‘pink’ plays staged in London over recent months, radio head Matt Taylor caught up with me to find out why we decided to revive Boy with Beer now. Have a listen.
Brought to you by the producers of F*cking Men and 5 Guys Chillin’, Boy with Beer at the Kings Head Theatre has been described as the last word in quality LGBT drama that is saying something in 2016. Book tickets early to avoid disappointment. We can’t wait to see you there.
Praise for the original Boy with Beer production at Man in the Moon Theatre:
“Boakye’s writing is brash and excitingly fresh. His characters have a cutting edge.” – LYN GARDNER, The Independent