Panoptical presents

#BlackBoyJoyGone: REALISE

#BlackBoyJoyGone: REALISE is a Black disabled/neurodiverse-led programme created to empower Black men to speak about and share their stories of mental ill health and trauma.

Through community engagement workshops and screenings of the docu-poem #BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG), a BFI Doc Society funded dance and poetry hybrid documentary by and for black men on mental health, this project engages Black men UK-wide to highlight their mental health and wellbeing needs.

New commisioned cross arts works by 5 UK Black male, men, and transmasc artists will premiere alongside the docu-poem film #BlackBoyJoyGone to tell stories of lived experiences, provoke public discussion, support collective healing, and celebrate Black men’s lives.

This project is supported by Mind, BFI Doc Society, HOME, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Movema, Brixton House, Red Earth Collective, The Hull Afro Caribbean Association, and Arts Council England.

Raw and evocative, with snatches of liminal scenes, this docudrama provided a dynamic insight into black men's responses to their mental health issues

Michelle Asantewa, Way Wive Wordz

#BlackBoyJoyGone amplifies the voices of Black men who are often marginalised and underrepresented in accessing support & wellbeing services.

Streatham Space Project

incredibly carefully thought through, beautifully made and performed, provocative, and sensitive

Dr Bridget Escolme, Queen Mary University of London

a beautiful and moving film

Dr Maria Turri, Queen Mary University of London

#BlackBoyJoyGone is so wholesome, honest, and beautifully creative. I’m flooded with gratitude for this film bringing more vulnerability into the conversations between men. Thank you for creating that wonderfully healing piece of art, you’re a bright light in this world

David, audience member

Tickets £8.50