Up North is a potent hip-hop journey through friendship, the North/South divide and black male identity.
A struggling Yorkshire rap group quit their jobs and move to London to follow their dreams. With a complex about his light complexion, XYM has always felt he isn’t fully accepted by other black people. Kofi dreams of being a modern day black revolutionary. Yorkie is white, not interested in race, and wants class revolution.
When a record label offers some of the group a chance in a lifetime, their friendship faces its toughest challenge yet. Created by writer and hip-hop artist Jonny Wright (Talawa, Film 4), the show smashes together an urgent theatricality with hip-hop storytelling to tell a powerful story of contemporary Britain.
The show is co-produced by Harrogate Theatre, where it will premier in 2018.
“Booms with passion and energy … it’s not a voice I’ve really heard before, and certainly not one that frequents London stages. And it’s 100% true to its voice.”
Nina Steiger, Associate Director Soho Theatre
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