“We walk. Though we are written into the landscape you don’t see us. We walked England before the English.”
Black Men Walking tells the compelling story of three middle-aged Black men, Thomas, Matthew and Richard, who meet every month as part of a walking group to explore the dramatic landscape of the Peak District in Yorkshire.
On this particular trip, the rest of group cancels and it soon feels like maybe they should have done too. The men find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years of Black history, embarking on a dangerous journey that invokes an element of the supernatural, an encounter with the spirits of their ancestors and an exploration of what it means to be both Black and British today.
The first story from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement spearheading the largest ever national delivery of new Black British stories. Black Men Walking returns for a second UK tour following its huge sell out success last year.
The Sheffield-based walking group which inspired the production was founded in 2004 by a group of men of African and African-Caribbean heritage who started walking for health, wellbeing and camaraderie
Dedicated to the Black Men’s Walking Group.
Directed by Dawn Walton. Written by Testament. Originally co-produced with Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
The cast excel in painting a picture that is haunting, humane and ultimately charming.
Powerful, political, lyrical
What's On Stage
As poetic as it is potent
Manchester Theatre Awards
Exhilarating and absorbing