Giles Terera in Black Matter
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A new song cycle by Giles Terera, the Olivier Award winning star of Hamilton.
I live in Soho, London. I was there throughout last summer. I saw Soho shift from deserted tranquillity, where the only sounds were birds and church bells to the noise and heat of demands for social justice and civil unrest. I saw couples and families sneaking bike rides and I saw violence – protests and peacemakers, homelessness and empty properties. People helping each other and people hurting each other. I saw confusion and hope and strength.
I found myself taking my guitar and writing about what I was seeing and feeling and thinking.
I ended up writing a collection of songs and my aim was to respond immediately to what I was experiencing. I wanted to answer the question: how do we communicate in this atmosphere? How do we find love and balance and strength? Filmed during lockdown in Soho’s Crazy Coqs with multiple cameras, my guitar and a piano, these are songs of protest and joy and anger and love.
“No fan of Terera, musical theatre, cabaret performance or London itself should miss the opportunity of streaming this so that they can say, ‘I saw it first.” – Theatre Monkey ★★★★★
“A spellbinding hour, beautifully filmed at Crazy Coqs ” – Reviewsgate ★★★★
“A tribute to London that really made you want Terera’s world of West End theatres and Soho encounters to come alive again” – The Times ★★★★
“From the first song to the last, I was gripped. I couldn’t look away.” – What’s On Stage ★★★