Song of Riots is the result of a four-year collaboration between Lucy Maycock, artistic director of The North Wall, and the Awake Projects ensemble, led by Christopher Sivertsen. This dynamic piece of theatre uses text, song, extraordinary physicality and the poetry of William Blake to tell a coming-of-age story of two boys.
One, a prince from a fairy tale – the only child of a King and a Queen. The other, a kid from the inner city – the only son of Polish immigrants. Two boys. Both boys need to leave home. Both are out in the night. Both are looking to find golden opportunities. When they meet, a riot breaks out.
Drawing inspiration from the London riots of 2011 and the fairy tale Iron Hans, Song of Riots asks urgent questions about contemporary masculinity, exploring how boys cross the bridge from childhood to maturity, and what happens if they fail to make that journey. Who are these wild boys, running loose in our cities and on our streets? And is there a kingdom left for them to inherit?