“As poetic as it is potent.” ★★★★ What's On Stage
“Powerful, political, lyrical.” ★★★★★ The Stage
Eclipse Theatre’s Black Men Walking has been met with fierce acclaim since its appearance in 2018. For those reading who haven’t yet seen the show or managed to grab a ticket, here is a little more information about the show’s backstory…
About Eclipse Theatre
Eclipse is the foremost Black*-led national touring company in the UK, at the vanguard of delivering diverse programming in theatre, film and radio across the country. It is their mission to use the Black British experience to create new work to enrich the stories shared with theatre audiences nationwide, and to diversify those audiences.
Eclipse’s ‘Revolution Mix’ movement challenges inequality in theatre, television, radio and digital media. By spearheading the largest every national delivery of Black* British stories – produced and performed in regional theatres - Eclipse will provoke major change in the cultural life of the UK, creating a lasting legacy in theatres both on and offstage.
* To Eclipse, “Black” includes anyone marginalised for their race or ethnicity.
‘Revolution Mix’ is where ‘Black Men Walking’ comes in
Black Men Walking was originally inspired by Sheffield’s Black Men’s Walking group - founded in 2004 by a group of men of African and African-Caribbean heritage who started walking for health, wellbeing and camaraderie. As we can see, the cast themselves have gotten fully into character with a nice stroll in the countryside!
The play 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.