Nominated for:
Evening Standard Emerging talent Award

★★★★★ Evening Standard

“One of the most exciting things I’ve seen all year. A work of art.” Fiona Mountford

★★★★Times ​

“Inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable evening full of possibilities for where theatre might go next.”

★★★★ Guardian​

★★★★ Arts Desk 

★★★★ Timeout

“Totally, boldly different from anything else.” Alice Saville

★★★★The Stage

“Ola Ince’s production is an epiphany and game-changer. It throws away the rulebook and opens your ears and eyes to what theatre could and should be.” JN Benjamin


Poet in da Corner by Debris Stevenson featuring Jammz

In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.


Royal Court Theatre, The MAC Belfast, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Repertory.

Creative Team & Cast


Designer: Jacob Hughes
Lighting Designer: Anna Watson & Max Narula
Musical Director & Lead Composer: Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Choreographer: Aaron Sillis
Voice & dialect: Hazel Holder

Photographers: Nik Dudley & Tristram Kenton


Debris Stevenson, Jammz, Kirubel Belay, Cassie Clare