For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

12 October – 6 November


All performances are now SOLD OUT.
Any additional tickets will be released at midday each day (or Fridays for weekend performances). There is an in-person queue each evening for last-minute seats (not guaranteed).

'I found a king in me and now I love you
I found a king in you and now I love me'

Father figures and fashion tips. Lost loves and jollof rice. African empires and illicit sex. Good days and bad days. Six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild. 

For Black Boys is located on the threshold of joyful fantasy and brutal reality: a world of music, movement, storytelling and verse – where six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival.

A profound and playful premiere from multi-award-winners Nouveau Riche and playwright Ryan Calais Cameron.

Content: The show contains explicit language and references to racism, violence, mental health including suicide, sex, sexual abuse and child abuse. For more information and support, check out our Self-Care Guide here. The performance also contains haze and loud sound effects.

Quotes & Reviews

World premiere. Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre. Co-commissioned by Boundless Theatre.


'Ryan Calais Cameron’s astounding play... mesmerising'
★★★★★ The Guardian on Typical

'A theatrical firework... song, movement and spoken word'
★★★★ The Independent on Queens of Sheba

Winners: The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018, Underbelly & New Diorama Untapped Award 2018, OffWestEnd Award for Best Performance Piece 2020.

The Company

About Nouveau Riche:

Nouveau Riche is a diverse, multi-award-winning creative movement led by artistic director Ryan Calais Cameron. The company's 2019 play Typical sold out its Edinburgh Fringe run and was filmed for Soho on Demand during lockdown. Previous show Queens of Sheba won the Underbelly & New Diorama Untapped Award for its Edinburgh run before touring.

The development of For Black Boys was supported through Boundless Accelerator, a creative development programme from Boundless Theatre funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Creative Team:

Writer: Ryan Calais Cameron
Director: Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
Designer: Anna Reid
Sound Designer / Composer: Nicola Chang
Lighting Designer: Chuma Emembolu
Vocal Director: John Falsetto
Movement Director: Theo Oloyade
Stage Manager & Associate Lighting Designer: Kat Wellman 
Assistant Stage Manager: Stacey Nurse
Associate Sound Designer: Jahmiko Marshall
Drama Therapist: Wabriya King


JET - Nnabiko Ejimofor
MIDNIGHT - Kaine Lawrence
ONYX - Mark Akintimehin
OBSIDIAN -Aruna Jalloh
PITCH - Emmanuel Akwafo 
SABLE - Darragh Hand

(L-R Clockwise) Aruna Jalloh, Emmanuel Akwafo, Darragh Hand, Mark Akintimehin, Nnabiko Ejimofor and Kaine Lawrence.


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