Review Round Up: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, Apollo Theatre

Ryan Calais Cameron’s play arrives in the West End following runs at the New Diorama and Royal Court. But what do critics think?

WhatsOnStage: **** “For all its energy, the show still feels slightly too long. Yet it adds up to a remarkable evening, its themes enlivened and illuminated by laughter and affection. It is quite something.” 

The Arts Desk: ***** “For a show that comes with a trigger warning about the themes of racism, gang violence, toxic relationships, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and suicide it will tackle, For Black Boys… is unexpectedly joyful.”

The Guardian: ****** “The script is crucial, pressing poetry. But, what parachutes Cameron’s words to life is the marvellous cast of six actors (Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence). Together, the men are electric.”

The Stage: **** “Exhilarating and emotionally rich exploration of Black masculinity and mental health.”

All That Dazzles: ***** “If theatre at its best can make you think and feel, For Black Boys… does that better than anyone. Completely faultless in its execution, this powerful and thought=provoking show is without a shadow of a doubt the best play of the year so far – I’d be very surprised if anything else could reach this standard as the year progresses.”

The Upcoming: ***** “This is an essential piece of theatre – there is no doubt about that. Everything fits together like a perfectly oiled machine: the nostalgic music, the stories that sound familiar (even though they may not have been experienced by the audience) and the raw, guttural exclamation throughout that this is for Black boys who have considered suicide.”

Lost in Theatreland: ***** “For Black Boys.. is topical, relevant, and fresh, a truly unique play which makes for essential viewing. I have no notes, this production is perfect.”

The Reviews Hub: ***** “For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy celebrates, critiques, parodies and deconstructs an impressive range of perceptions surrounding black male identity, doing so with care, nuance and pride. Believe the hype and book tickets, before it’s too late.”

The play continues to run at the Apollo Theatre until the 7th May. To book tickets click here.

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