Run it Back

Role: Co-creator & Dramaturg

Set in an explosive club night, Run It Back immerses the audience in Black British club culture with dance, physical theatre and an electrifying set from DJ and turntablist Psykhomantus.

In a disused warehouse, ravers are lost in the music and surrender to the DJ’s game, as the music takes the audience from warehouse party to carnival. This vibrant, pulsing production highlights how Black British music liberates, connects and divides.

Photo: Sanaa Abstrakt

Black British Theatre Award Nominee: Best Dance Production 2022


The Stage JN Benjamin, September 2021

This is the purest enactment of ‘black joy’ – as a political act – I have seen in the past year”

The Guardian Arifa Akbar, September 2021

…the work of Gail Babb and Talawa Young People’s Theatre deserve a huge amount of credit for creating a play that feels like following a carnival float.” ★★★★

Afridiziak Isaac Tomiczek, September 2021

Team Credits

Co-creator & Director: Coral Messam, Co-creator & Dramaturg: Gail Babb, Co-devisers: TYPT:18, Designer: Amanda Mascarenhas, Lighting: Pablo Fernandez Baz, Assistant Director: Gaby Nimo, DJ: Psykhomantus, Production Manager: Samantha Nurse, Stage Manager: Julia Nimmo, Assistant Stage Manager: Afua Nuamah, Producers: Talawa Theatre Company

Cast: Johnson Adebayo, Mateus Daniel, Bimpé Pacheco, Montel Douglas, Hayley Konadu, Verona Patterson, Azara Meghie, George Owusu-Afriyie, Yemurai Zvraya