New theatre project aims to change the way we view drill music

Parris Walters

By Parris Walters

Parris Walters

5 Apr 2019

UK theatre collective HighRise Theatre has embarked on a new project, entitled The #UKDrillProject, that is set to be revealed on 6th April 2019.

The company has set out to explore how music and violence intertwine within our society and ultimately, create a new narrative when it comes to UK drill music. Taking an untraditional approach by bringing this genre to the stage, audiences can anticipate gaining an insight into the music that has had everyone talking.

UK Drill Project
Photography by: @tristanbejawn

Alongside the production, HighRise has organised and curated a host of other events to help spark this important discussion including an ‘interactive exhibition on UK Drill and The History of UK Black Music’. The need for a production of this nature stems from growing controversy and concern in relation to the role of drill music within youth violence. Whilst some argue that the genre’s violent lyrics and visuals are a direct cause for a spike in youth violence, as well as a self-deprecating representation of black youth, some fail to understand how a particular subcultured can be singled out and scrutinised for creating art that often depicts the realities of the artists.

After its preview this weekend, the production is set to go on a full tour later this year.

For more details click here.