Co-Produced by Cardboard Citizens and Soho Theatre
Originally commissioned by Soho Theatre and Paines Plough
Written by Danusia Samal & Directed by Chris Sonnex
Featuring original tracks by Duramaney Kamara, Danusia Samal, & Chris Sonnex
It’s club night and the tracks are spinning. Two headliners crossfade between stories of love, sex, and losing their creative spark – set against a backdrop of precarious lives in urban London – as an ever-present DJ shapes their lives with banger after banger.
Cardboard Citizens presents this new play from Danusia Samal, who stars as Aria, alongside Darragh Hand as Clef and Duramaney Kamara as the DJ. Featuring original tracks inspired by early noughties and present-day R&B and Garage, Bangers follows the highs and lows of two strangers as they struggle with their own pasts, while hurtling towards each other’s futures. All the while, the DJ continues to play, dropping samples and words of wisdom. After all, it’s not about the last track but the one coming next that counts.
Bangers comes to Soho Theatre’s Upstairs space for three weeks, following a tour to community venues across London. Don’t miss this ‘mixtape play’ in the first production directed by our new Artistic Director, Chris Sonnex, from Tuesday 14 June to Saturday 2 July 2022 at Soho Theatre.
Age recommendation: 16+ | Running time: 1hr 20mins
Bangers is being supported by the Citz Futures Traineeship; a new Cardboard Citizens programme, which will provide paid opportunities for people without significant prior work experience and with experience of homelessness, inequity, or poverty to gain hands-on experience of working in theatre alongside industry professionals. Our four trainees for Bangers will be placed in a variety of backstage and production roles, with support from across the creative team. Find out more about the scheme by clicking here.
Chris Sonnex: Director and Music Producer on original music
Laura Whittle: Stage Manager
Louise Kempton: Movement Director
Martha Godfrey: Lighting Designer
Zara Janmohamed: Production Manager
Zoe Hurwitz: Designer
Duramaney Kamara: Composer & Sound Designer and Songwriter on original music
Danusia Samal: Writer and Songwriter on original music
Terell Gayle: Citz Futures Trainee and Music Producer on original music
Ellie Roser: Associate Designer
Gillian Greer: Dramaturg
We will be bringing Bangers across London throughout May & June, as we visit community centres, prisons, hostels, and colleges. If you are interested in hosting the new show at your venue, we would love to hear from you! There is limited availability on the tour, however, so book quickly by clicking here or on the button below to visit our venue booking page.