by Joseph Barnes-Phillips
- To coincide with a national tour by Black Theatre Live productions
- Rarely heard story of a South London Black teen carer
- Can be performed as a monologue in schools, colleges, etc.
With grime music and Guyanese folk stories, Joseph Barnes-Phillip’s semi-autobiographical story is a comic, tragic and honest portrayal of becoming a man. The story follows Rayleigh as he negotiates the tensions of growing up and taking responsibility − to his pregnant girlfriend, to his sick mother, to his church, to the multi-cultural community he grew up in and somewhere in the mix to himself.
When the euphoric highs of teenage life in south London collide with his mum’s terminal illness, all Rayleigh wants to do it watch anime in his pants and eat indomie. Love, life and masculinity meet head-on as Rayleigh tries to find his feet, torn between the new girl in his life and being there for his mum, while trying not to make the same mistakes as his dad.
The show has been created by HighRise Theatre to be the sixth touring production for consortium Black Theatre Live.
Performed by the author Joseph Barnes-Phillips.
About the author
Joseph’s work as Co-artistic Director for HighRise Theatre and All Seeing Eye has seen him in collaboration with Cardboard Citizens, The Arcola, artsdepot, The Yard, Ovalhouse and more. Joe is also an actor and practitioner who works tirelessly in the community to uplift those around him as well as aiding them in overcoming their personal demons through the use of drama. This passion for helping people has led him into some extremely green pastures, within the last couple of years working as Young Company Director at Orange Tree Theatre, Croydon Council, London Bubble Theatre, Soho Theatre, Centre Point, We are Spotlight and more.
Praise for other works
“Friendly, funny and frank throughout.” **** The Stage