In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the gang culture he has tried to escape. The city spirals out of control as battle lines are drawn but will Michael succeed in ending the war?
In rhythmic, sizzling poetry, and with a live soundtrack from drummer Aki Fujimoto and flautist Mikey Kirkpatrick, Inua Ellams conjures the violence of a city not unlike London and imagines a more beautiful world beyond it.
Knight Watch is performed outside in hidden corners across the city. Please contact the venues and festivals direct for information about the location of the show, and please dress appropriately for the weather.
Watch a rehearsal interview with Inua Ellams
Watch a rehearsal interview with Zashiki Warashi on YouTube
Listen to an extract of Knight Watch on Audioboo
Commissioned by The Albany. Funded by Arts Council England. Developed with support from the Almedia Festival.
Production images: Sheila Burnett
Critical Acclaim for Knight Watch
"Ellams's scorching piece of spoken-word performance is an intense and dense 40-minute monologue" The Guardian
"This wiry young poet, playwright and performer weds a quietly commanding stage presence to a facility for rhythmically crafted language." The Times