The #UKDrillProject

Autumn 2022

The #UKDrillProject

Challenging myths about UK Drill music and its links to youth violence, this radically honest and direct show takes real-life experiences to explore the truths behind the headlines.

The #UKDrillProject premieres at The Barbican this autumn as a recipient of ‘The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award’.

Working with experts and young people in the same room, the centre piece to the #UKDrillProject is a new piece of issue based theatre that explores the relationship between musicality and criminality. With headlines & the court putting UK Drill music on the suspect stand, can we as a society really blame an art form for a spike in violence or is that a basic and detrimental way of thinking?

Recently a rap group were charged for breaking a Criminal Behaviour Order, which prohibited them from performing or uploading certain material as it was deemed to insight violence. Performing the song on the last leg of a UK tour, the group were then slapped with a 9 month suspended sentence. Neither men had been convicted criminally before. They both now have criminal records for essentially creating art.

This new production asks how this has been allowed to happen. It will challenge perception, highlight injustices and lyrically combat through an important conversation.

Devised by HighRise Theatre.

Other events part of The #UKDrillProject

– An interactive exhibition on UK Drill and The History of UK Black Music
– An intensive series of research that will include interviews, workshops and talks
– A series of conversations with City Hall & young men deemed to be ‘at risk’
– A Q&A panel of experts to discuss the link between music and crime hosted by HighRise
– A piece of writing based on our discoveries from Ciaran Tharpar (The Guardian, TRENCH, Noisey)

In Partnership with Sick of The Fringe
With further support from The Welcome Trust, The Barbican Lab, The Roundhouse, The Place & Camden Peoples Theatre.