Street cred takes to the stage.
Anyone - anyone - who says theatre is for aging, middle-class cultural show-offs should see this, from Liverpool’s 20 Stories High theatre company. At Contact, a largely young (teenage, twenties), ethnically diverse crowd lapped up Ghost Boy, springing back with cheers and moments of participation.
It’s rare to discover a piece of innovative theatre, performed by a relatively young company, which restores your faith in theatre pertinent to contemporary times.
Set on Lemonade Estate, “a place that people have forgotten, a place where the kids are running wild,” director Keith Saha’s Ghost Boy follows Jamal, an outwardly confident gang leader plagued by a dark secret. He meets taxi driver Dennis, a community elder fed up of the ‘little demons’ running round the estate, but little do they realise that they have more of a connection than either of them could have ever imagined.