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Poet in Da Corner

A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

In this semi-autobiographical piece, step into a technicolor world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “One of the most exciting things I’ve seen all year… Marks out writer/performer/lyricist/dancer Debris Stevenson as one of the brightest emerging talents around… It is, in short, the real deal.” – London Evening Standard

★ ★ ★ ★ “Thrilling… Words blaze the stage and Stevenson appears like the Kate Tempest of grime.” – The Guardian

“An energetic, exuberant gig-theatre show, built with theatrical savviness on Dizzee Rascal’s iron-strong foundation.” – What’s On Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ “[Debris] Stevenson’s performance feels undeniable, soaked in the sweat of a ’00s east London that’s not quite Dizzee Rascal’s, but authentically hers.” – Time Out

“A reclamation of space and a declaration of intent… If you don’t know, you better get to know –  because the revolution will be staged.” – The Stage

“How much do we allow self-awareness to count? Is it time to expect more? Whichever side you come down on, let me know, and try to have some fun at the same time. Poet in da Corner is a pretty good bet for that.” – Exeunt

“Electrifying… Directed with a rare feeling of completely empathetic excitement by Ola Ince… If the infectious glory of the music distracts you from thinking too much about the content, who cares?” – The Arts Desk

About the artists:

Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to London’s Roundhouse. Directed by Ola Ince, featuring grime MC Jammz, with music and composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante from hip-hop dance company Boy Blue.

Originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre in 2018, supported by Jerwood Arts.


Find out more about Debris Stevenson in this Guardian interview