PREVIEW:Boy With Beer, King’s Head Theatre

Twenty five years after the original production at the Man in the Moon Theatre, the King’s Head Theatre will present Harry Mackrill’s production from the 8th to the 26th November. 


Paul Boakye’s Boy with Beer is a story of new beginnings, sex and identity and will star Enyi Okoronkwo as Donovan and Chin Nyenwe as Karl in the production, which also features new music from Taurean Antoine Chagar, regular collaborator of acclaimed drum and bass group Rudimental.

As London waves goodbye to the 1980s and embraces the new rave scene, Karl is having a hard time holding on to his Ghanaian roots and Donovan is on the run – from his girlfriend.

Talking about his play, playwright Paul Boakye said: “Boy with Beer is a rare kind of love story. The relationship at its heart, between two black men, has as much to say about power, prejudice and the pressures of masculinity as it did twenty-five years ago at the heart of the AIDS pandemic. I’m delighted to present it to a whole new generation at the King’s Head Theatre.”

Harry Mackrill was previously  Resident Director at the Tricycle Theatre between 2013 and 2015. At the Tricycle, he worked as a director on Things Will Never Be The Same Again, Paradise Street and God’s Dick (part of the NW6 New Writing Festival) and an assistant director on Red Velvet (also New York and Kenneth Branagh season at The Garrick).

Paul Boakye’s other plays include No Mean Street for Red Ladder Theatre and Wicked Games produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse. He has won the UK Student Playscript Award with Jacob’s Ladder and the BBC Radio Drama Young Playwrights’ Festival with Hair.

Boy with Beer will play at the King’s Head Theatre from the 8th to the 26th November. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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