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Written and Performed by  Jamal Gerald

Inspired by a black gay experience, this autobiographical piece focuses on the ups and downs of pride and self-loathing. Through storytelling, spoken word and live art, Jamal develops the courage to tell his story of how he learned to celebrate his individuality, by embracing the slurs that were thrown his way, and how to wear labels without shame.​​

Supported by Arts Council England, The Writing Squad, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Contact and Cast Doncaster.

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. Mostly making the type of work that he wants to see. Trying to make sure that each piece he creates is a different form to the one he made before. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. 

'Jamal Gerald is, intensely, fiercely himself on stage, in a show that highlights the idea that            

the way the world is structured forces some ways of life into a form of survival. And all that

noise can be given the finger.'

Exeunt Magazine


Written and Performed by Jamal Gerald

Dramaturg – Zodwa Nyoni

Mentors – Selina Thompson & Alexander Kelly

Lighting Designer– Steven Atkinson

Set Design – Bethany Wells

Sound Design – Jeremy Bradfield

Marketing Design – Mark West

2016 TOUR

West Yorkshire Playhouse (Furnace), Leeds

Leeds Beckett University (Lift Off Festival)

Unity Theatre (Homotopia), Liverpool

Contact (Queer Contact), Manchester

Battersea Arts Centre (Transform Takeover), London

Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

CAST, Doncaster

The Hive, Shrewsbury

Hackney Showroom (And What? Queer Arts Festival), London

Live Art Bistro, Leeds

Camden People’s Theatre, London

Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield

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