September 2017

The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective (2017)

By Keith Saha and Sue Buckmaster
A 20 Stories high and Theatre-Rites Co-Production

Adventures in Hip-Hop, Theatre and Puppetry

The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective are back… and this time, they’re going international…

20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites award-winning collaboration (ASSITEJ Young Critics Award 2016) will be performed at two festivals this autumn: The Bristol Festival of Puppetry, UK and Ruhrtriennale Festival Bochum, Germany.

A unique mash up of hip-hop, theatre and puppetry bringing together 4 amazing artists: beat-boxer Hobbit, b-boy LoGisTics, singer/rapper Elektric, and puppeteer Mohsen to form The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective.

“Sometimes when I can’t stand on my own two feet / Or the voices in my head feel cracked and incomplete / I turn up the volume of my Broken Beats / The Big Heavy Bass sends moves flowing to my feet / Melodic rhymes fill my head and make me feel oh-so-sweet / Cos my Broken Beats help me feel alive / And not so Broke and Beat.”

Come and spend an evening with the Collective; a raw, gritty, funny and moving gig that explores the hardships faced by young people in the UK today.

Gripping tales, transfixing poetry and hip-hop puppetry like you’ve never seen before.

A 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites co-production.

Suitable for ages 13+

Watch the trailer and the ‘behind the scenes’ film below.

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Beatboxer Hobbit (aka Jack Hobbs)

B-boy Ryan LoGiStIc Harston

Singer/Poet Elektric (aka Elisha Howe)

Puppeteer Mohsen Nouri

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Sue Buckmaster and Keith Saha

Musical Direction Keith Saha

Design Miriam Nabarro

Lighting Design Doug Kuhrt

Sound Design Jon Everett

Puppet Design Paul Vincett

Puppet Makers Matt Hutchinson, Paul Vincett and Becky Johnson (Stiches and Glue)

Production Team

Production Manager

Company Stage Manager

Technical Stage Manager

“"...Arguably the most innovative piece of theatre to hit Liverpool since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time."”

Liverpool Echo

“"This is theatre at its best. Raw, thought-provoking and with a message that needs to be heard."”

North West End

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