VIDEO is of Unseen, the show's opening number. Video is captioned.



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This UK Black British musical uses an original score of rap, grime, dancehall and soul to shine a light on a rarely explored part of Black British history. This story of belonging, set against a backdrop of 1970s Notting Hill, is inspired by the true events of London’s Black Power movement, and is an energetic call to arms against racial discrimination within the political system. 

The show is about picking sides, loss, love and the fight against a racist and classist British system. A serious message delivered via infectious beats and unforgettable hooks, with a real carnival atmosphere that has the audience on its feet. The score blends historical influences with the best of contemporary UK sounds.

Originally commissioned by the Old Vic 12, with original development by Miranda Cromwell (Rockets and Blue Lights, National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, BBC Lockdown Theatre; Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre, Young Vic).


Future life directed by the award-winning Gbolahan Obisesan of Brixton House (The Last King of Scotland, Sheffield Crucible; Random, Leeds Playhouse; Cuttin' It, Young Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, Yard Theatre, Royal Court


Development supported by PlayWell Productions, Arts Council England, Brixton House, 1927 and Stage One.

This show is building to production in 2022. If you're interested in supporting the show or would like to discuss touring opportunities, contact Steph on



Coming to BEAM 2021


Watch 20 minutes of BLACK POWER DESK live at BEAM2021!

Join us at the Hackney Empire  


BEAM direction by Gbolahan Obisesan and Gail Babb

 Friday 6 September ​at Hackney Empire

As there are a number of different packages available, to view both Lesbian Pirates and Black Power Desk, we recommend you purchase the Live @ BEAM package so you can receive:

-Full access to Live @ BEAM on 10th Sept
-On Demand Access To MT Spotlights.
- On Demand Access to Live @ BEAM after the event has broadcast.