Antonia Jones chatted with Emmanuel Akwafo who’s currently starring as ‘Pitch’ in the play ‘For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy Heavy‘ by Ryan Calais Cameron (Director) and Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (co-director/original director) which is currently on at the Royal Court Theatre in the West End.
The play which was conceived after the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013 tells the story of six Black men who come together to tell their very own unique stories, in a bid to be liberated from the challenges of masculinity, while challenging stereotypes of now it feels to be young Black and British men.
The cast were outstanding and were perfectly suited to take on the emotional roller coaster of lived experiences of heartache, drama and laughter delivered through music, poetry, dance and story-telling. Most importantly the play brought to the forefront a range of themes associated with men and mental health and the significance of how to help someone who might need support.
Emmanuel shared his own experience with Antonia about growing up and what has shaped him to be the aspiring actor and man he is today.
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Left to right: Antonia Jones and Emmanuel Akwafo (Pitch)
Photography Credit: Ali Wright
Left to Right: Nnabiko Ejimofor (Jet), Emmanuel Akwafo (Pitch)
Left to Right:Aruna Jalloh (Obsidian), Kaine Lawrence (Midnight), Darragh Hand (Sable), Mark Akintimehin (Onyx), Nnabiko Ejimofor (Jet), Emmanuel Akwafo (Pitch)
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