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Everybody has dreams, and my dream has always been easy to say, and nearly impossible to achieve. I want to be the biggest Grime MC in the country. I know what it takes: shell down raves, spin the opposition and never take my foot off the pedal. Every environment is more moody than the last, but every opportunity to shine has to be taken.

I’m built for this, but there’s always more in this life. What happens when your biggest rival becomes your best friend? How do you prepare for a battle that doesn’t involve the mic and the decks?

The unmissable new play from Casey Bailey, the Birmingham Poet Laureate and winner of the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020. Directed by The Rep’s Associate Director Madeleine Kludje with set design by Ebrahim Nazier and Movement Direction by Keiren Hamilton-Amos.

Open Mic Night – Wed 27 Apr, 5.30pm
Join us for a free Open Mic Night in our brand new performance bar, before the evening performance of GrimeBoy, and discover the next generation of MCs, singers, poets and spoken word artists.

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Written By

Casey Bailey

Directed By

Madeleine Kludje

Presented By

Birmingham Rep

Running time

1 hour 10 minutes

Age guidance

Recommended for ages 14+

Content guidance

Please note that this performances contains strong language and themes and references to violence and knife crime.

Access Performances

Audio Described Performance: Sat 23 April

BSL Performance: Thu 28 April

Captioned Performance: Sat 30 April


Group & Family Discounts

Groups of 10+ will get 10% off the ticket price,

Groups of 20+ will get 15% off the ticket price.

Groups of 50+ will get 20% off the ticket price.

To book, please call our box office team directly on 0121 236 4455. 

Fees and Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Generously supported by The Sir Barry Jackson Trust

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Watch the official cypher video

Videographer, Yonatan Tiruneh


Creative Team


Casey Bailey


Madeleine Kludje

Set and Costume Designer

Ebrahim Nazier

Assistant Director

Mathias André
Corey Weekes

Movement Director

Keiren Hamilton-Amos

Costume Supervisor

Kay Wilton

LX Designer

Ryan Joseph Stafford

Sound Designer

Clive Meldrum


Auden Allen

Wellbeing Practitioner

Nigel Bailey

Production Manager

Lucy Guyver

See the cast in rehearsals

GrimeBoy Digital Programme

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