Grime musical at Barking theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:06 15 October 2010 | UPDATED: 09:07 18 October 2010




A BREATHTAKING and gritty piece of musical grime theatre is coming to Barking.

8sixteen32, at The Broadway theatre on October 28, follows the life of four young MCs as they strive to balance creative ambitions with the daily grind of life.

The show, based around real-life experiences, stars four up-and-coming grime MCs who call themselves Professor D (Auden Allen), Evoke (Shaun Welch), LCB (Leon Burke) and RTKal (Joshua Holness).

The artists – who blend beats, rhythms, words and comedy into structured music – were picked from 40 hopefuls at auditions.

The idea for the innovative production, which has been touring the UK and wowed crowds at the Latitude Festival, was thought up by east London DJ, musician and poet Charlie Dark, and developed by Polarbear, an acclaimed poet, storyteller and MC. They both worked alongside Mark De Clive Lowe who created the music.

Professor D says 8sixteen32 has attracted audiences of all ages:

“We’ve had teenagers and the over-20s come along. The teenagers really feel a part of it, it’s like they are involved in the show, they talk to us when we are performing and they have a chance to improvise. It’s like they’re on stage with us.”

He says the show has made him approach grime music in a new and exciting way.

“When you think of grime MC’s you think of a dark room with loud music. This has taught me to add theatrics into my music, not just through words but through movements too. It has strengthened my performance and made it come alive.”

8sixteen32 starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 each. Call the box office on 020 8507 5607 or go to

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