Poet In Da Corner - Birmingham Rep
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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.

Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

Debris Stevenson's semi-autobiographical piece features grime MC Jammz as SS Vyper, and is directed by Royal Court Associate Ola Ince.

Please note: This performance contains strong language.

Post Show Discussion 11 March 

Free CPD Workshop with MC Jammz
11 March, 5 - 6.15pm
MC artist and co-writer of Poet In Da Corner, Jammz runs a session exploring an introduction into writing, poetry and lyrical flow.
Email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk to book


Written by Debris Stevenson
Feature writing by feat Jammz
Director Ola Ince
Musical Direction / Lead Composition Michael 'Mikey J' Asante
Designer Jacob Hughes
Lighting Designer Anna Watson
Sound Designer Tony Gayle
Choreographer Aaron Sillis


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

One of the most exciting things I've seen all year

Evening Standard

A gutsy, gritty breath of fresh air


Throws away the rule book and opens your ears and eyes to what theatre could and should be

The Stage

Mind-blowing energy... So energetically and gloriously alive on stage

The Arts Desk

Debris Stevenson's show is totally, boldly different from anything else

Time Out

An inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable evening full of possibilities for where Stevenson — and theatre itself — might go next

The Times

A daringly inclusive response to our culture wars

Daily Telegraph

Thrilling... Stevenson appears like the Kate Tempest of grime

The Guardian

It’s incredible

Dizzee Rascal

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Further Information
Guidance Recommended age 14+ (contains some strong language)
Running Time 1 hr 20 mins (no interval)