‘Black Men Walking’ is groundbreaking work from Eclipse Theatre

Posted 16:00, 06 Feb 2018
By: Anita Morris

Eclipse Theatre’s Black Men Walking production has completed its opening run at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and will now embark on a UK-wide tour.

The show, which The Stage called ‘powerful and lyrical’ and WhatsOnStage described as ‘as poetic as it is potent’, is inspired by a real-life Black men’s walking group based in Sheffield. The piece, conceived by Eclipse in collaboration with Leeds-based rapper, singer, producer and performer Testament, tells the compelling story of three middle-aged Black men, Thomas, Matthew and Richard, who meet every month as part of a walking group to explore the dramatic landscape of the Peak District in Yorkshire. On this particular trip, the rest of group cancels and it soon feels like maybe they should have done too. The men find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years of Black history, embarking on a dangerous journey that

Black Men Walking is the first work to be staged as part of the company’s ground-breaking ‘Revolution Mix’ movement which will deliver the largest ever national programme of Black British stories produced and performed in UK theatres.

Read more about the production and the walking group which inspired the work on The Guardian here, and see full tour dates here.