It is December 1641 and King Charles is about to be formally challenged by a handful of MPs and radical commoners. Through propaganda and shrewd political manoeuvring, the nation is about to be plunged head first into a conflict that pitted neighbour against neighbour and shattered the very core of our constitution. With parallels to Brexit, questions about the monarchy, a grime soundtrack and a little bit of fake news, #50days is a version of British history told through the eyes of underrepresented Brits of today.
#50Days tells the story of the 50-day period that led up to an outbreak of the 17th century British Civil Wars. Set to a Grime score, the show gives young people a chance to interpret the narrative of a time when this country was politically fraught, in the shadow of a plague, and felt well and truly divided. Does this sound familiar?
A brilliant group of creatives were brought together for the show’s debut showcase as part of MT Fest 2021, Turbine Theatre London, and it is at the UK’s biggest showcase of new music theatre, BEAM 2023, in Oxford Playhouse, following a Development Darkroom week in 2022 at Royal & Derngate Northampton, supported by China Plate, MMD & MTN and Birmingham Hippodrome. The production at Birmingham Hippodrome will be its first full performance, with a large company of enthusiastic and skilled young performers.
#50days is written by Thabo Stuck & Music by Darkstar and Duramaney Kamara and Amiir Saleem, with Nyasha Gudo as director, Nadine-Rose Johnson & Kevin Sable as Musical Directors, Melody Sinclair as Choreographer.