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Video of BLACK POWER DESK, recorded on the Hackney Empire main stage for BEAM2021. 


This UK Black British musical uses an original score of rap, reggae, RnB 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 2023. If you're interested in supporting the show or would like to discuss touring opportunities, contact Steph on

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