Pied Piper is a bold, contemporary, hip-hop street dance interpretation of Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement or Performance in an Affiliate Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2006. It is now revived at the Barbican for audiences who missed the original sell-out production.
Pied Piper closely follows the structure of the original story but this version of the morality tale is told from an edgy, modern perspective. In a typical urban setting the rats become ASBO’d hooded youths. The Pied Piper, played by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, choreographer and co-founder of Boy Blue Entertainment, promises to rid the streets of the so-called vermin of society but when the city Governors renege on their deal the Pied Piper takes his revenge. The exhilarating energy of the young dancers creates an innovative and thrilling 90-minute performance. Original music is by Boy Blue Entertainment co-founder Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and the show is directed and designed by ULTZ.
Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy founded Boy Blue Entertainment in 2001, with the aim of encouraging teenagers to embrace dance while teaching discipline, team building and exposing them to performance and story-telling. Since then it has provided access to dance training to more than 500 young people, many of whom perform in Pied Piper, and it is now East London’s most innovative street dance troupe.
On Sunday 8 March, as part of the Barbican’s Do Something Different Weekend, Boy Blue Entertainment showcases the work of its youth groups with a hip-hop performance in the foyers, followed by an opportunity for audiences to participate.
Pied Piper and Do Something Different Weekend are part of EAST, a festival championing the best of East London’s fashion, film, food, art, history and performance.
Boy Blue Entertainment
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Dates and times:
Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 March 2009
Also 2.30pm on 7, 8 & 14 March
No performance: Monday 9 March
Press night: Friday 6 March, 7.45pm
Audio described performance: Saturday 14 March, 2.30pm
preceded by touch tour, 2.00pm
Tickets: £10.00 – £26.00
Running time: 90 minutes/no interval
Age guidance: 10+
Do Something Different Weekend
Boy Blue Entertainment
Venue: Barbican Foyer
Date and time: Sunday 8 March, 1.30pm
Running time: 45 minutes/no interval
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