Race riots, political cover-ups and audience reactions – creator and performer Urban Wolf tells us about what inspired his acclaimed play Custody and how it has grown while touring the UK. Read his interview then book your tickets.
Raw and passionate throughout, Custody is an extraordinary piece of drama that brings into sharp focus just how far attitudes have yet to undergo change in Britain in terms of racism and brutality in the police force.
Powerful and hard-hitting, the trailer for Custody cuts straight to the heart of the hit drama about police brutality. Steel yourself, watch the trailer, then book your tickets for the play’s Ovalhouse season.
After touring the UK during May, hit drama Custody returns to the Ovalhouse this week. The piece, which explores the impact of police brutality of BAME communities, enjoyed a successful run at the south London venue in 2017. Book your tickets now!
One of the most appallingly striking statistics around police brutality in the UK is that there has not been a single prosecution for homicide for a death in custody for over 30 years and a disproportionate number – 147 to be precise – of those deaths have been BAME victims. But where the Black Lives Matter movement has gained real traction in the US, stories like these still slip by too easily unnoticed on these shores.
This story of race, religion and purpose after the death of a young man in police custody, seen through the eyes of his loved ones is an example of idea over story, where a concept engulfs the narrative leaving the audience wondering why it should care.