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Sound of the Underground

By Travis Alabanza

Year staged: 2023

Opening night: 19/01/2023

Staged in: Royal Court Theatre

Cast Size: 8

Synopsis

Out to the electric night, where the bassline jumps in the backstreet light. The true sound of the underground is tearing duct tape, frenzied costume fixes, lighting up cigarettes, jangling tips and a whole lot of chaos. This is not your average night at the theatre. Legends of the London queer club scene come above ground to take over the Royal Court Theatre. Part-play, part-raucous cabaret, part-workers’ manifesto, join eight underground drag icons as they spill the tea, free the nipple and fight the shadowy forces that threaten their livelihoods. Bring some change. Tip generously. Travis Alabanza’s first play for the Royal Court spotlights London’s iconic underground club culture and questions what it means to get your money’s worth when it comes to art.

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Sound of the Underground

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Year published: 2023

Original Cast

Chiyo

(Performed as self)

Lilly SnatchDragon

(Performed as sefl)

Ms Sharon Le Grand

(Performed as self)

Mwice Kavindele

Sadie Sinner The Songbird

Rhys Hollis

Rhys' Pieces

Sue Gives A F*ck

(Performed as self)

Tammy Reynolds

Midgitte Bardot

Wet Mess

(Performed as self)

Production Team

Martin Lowe

Music Arranger and Supervisor

Rosie Elnile

Designer

Simisola Majekodunmi

Lighting

Max Johns

Set

Travis Alabanza

Writer

Debbie Hannan

Director

Femi Tiwo

Assistant Director

Tomas Palmer

Design Associate

Bambi/Omar Jordan Phillips

Movement Director

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Design

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