FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY @ The Apollo Theatre

I had the privilege of watching For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Heavy last week.

This powerful and thought-provoking play exploring the struggles and challenges faced by six Black Boys and it was truly an emotional experience.

Ryan Calais Cameron has written and directed a masterpiece. What I appreciated the most about For Black Boys … was its raw and unapologetic portrayal of the struggles that Black boys face in our society on their journey to becoming men conveyed through monologues infused with music, dance and movement pieces. The cast’s synergy is exceptional, The physicality displayed by ‘Pitch‘ (Emmanuel Akwafo) and ‘Jet‘ (Nnabiko Ejimofor) left me in tears more than once. Kaine Lawrence plays ‘Midnight‘ and his voice is R&B heaven.

A picture of the cast from the play FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY A group of smiling black boys
FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY Photo Credit: Ali Smith

The music plays an integral part adding to the authenticity of this story. Nicola T Chang (Sound designer and Composer) and Jahmiko Marshall (Associate Sound Designer) deserve a huge round of applause.

For Black Boys … touches mental health, masculinity, police brutality, and racism. The production was incredibly well-done, and the performances by the actors were truly outstanding. It highlighted the importance of taking care of our mental health and seeking help when we need it.

I highly recommend this play to everyone. It’s an important production that everyone should watch, regardless of race or gender. It’s a reminder that we need to continue to work towards a society that values and uplifts all individuals.

FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY Photo Credit: Ali Smith

Overall, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Heavy is a must-see play that will leave you feeling inspired, educated, and empowered. I hope that more productions like this will be made, I left thinking about all the conversations that will be had because of Cameron’s production and the world felt little more enlightened.

For Black Boys … definitely deserves a longer run so that all the English, Theatre and Media departments can get future performers to see this outstanding piece.


For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy runs from 25th March – 7th May 2023 @ The Apollo Theatre. Find out more here.

SUMMARY

This powerful and thought-provoking play explores the struggles and challenges faced by 6 Black and it was truly an emotional experience.

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Script
90 %
Story
90 %
Acting
90 %
Characters
95 %
Directing
100 %
Costume
80 %
Soundtrack
100 %
Production Design
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