Featured | Big Foot | Stratford Circus | Wednesday 4th-Saturday 7th October 2017

Black Theatre Live and Stratford Circus present Big Foot, a coming of age tale courtesy of Highrise Theatre. There’s no doubt that our teenage years are probably some of our most challenging times, as we find ourselves constantly at odds with the world, battling the constant shift of hormones, not to mention the overriding expectation of passing exams and proving to your parents that you know best! Crafting his very own story of teenage life, Joseph Barnes-Phillips depicts a world weaved with Guyanese storytelling and Grime to highlight and celebrate the importance of culture within our formative years.

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Big Foot is a timely one man show, following our protagonist Rayleigh, a young man faced with a series of life changing scenarios. Forced to grow up incredibly quickly, he finds that his days are a constant battle. Faced with the prospect of being a young father and dealing with the news of his mother’s terminal illness, these issues weigh heavily on a young mind shifting into manhood. Described as ‘comic, tragic and honest’, Big Foot promises an authentic account of growing up, in the process, attempting to avoid the mistakes by his own father.

Joseph Barnes-Phillips’ Guyanese roots play an integral part within the production, watch below to find out more about Guyana and its diverse culture.

Highrise Theatre are a collective of artists with family roots spanning 5 continents. Their roots are crucial in how they approach their work, all sharing a passion in replicating and discussing issues within their communities on stage. Their most recent piece of work, The Concrete Jungle – a Hip Hop twist on Rudyard Kipling’s much loved tale The Jungle Book, fusing rap, spoken word and physical theatre was performed and received praise at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Black Theatre Live are renowned for their support of thought provoking and exciting work created by BAME artists and have an impressive portfolio of shows that have gone on to receive critical acclaim. Their portfolio includes Hamlet, Pitchlake Productions’ She Called Me Mother, Ambreen Razia’s Diary of a Hounslow Girl and Inua Ellam’s An Evening With An Immigrant.

Big Foot follows on from an impressive portfolio and is a show that promises to add a fresh and relevant voice in the theatrical conversation.


Company Information

Written & Performed by Joseph Barnes-Phillips         

Directed by Dominic Garfield


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Big Foot will show from Wednesday 4th until Saturday 7th October 2017 at Straford Circus. To find out more about the production, visit here…


Big Foot is currently on a tour, find out where your nearest showing will be:

4 – 7 October               

Stratford Circus

Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

0844 357 2625


12th Oct

Theatre Royal Margate

Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW

01843 292795


13th Oct                          

Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL

01823 704 042


14th Oct                          


5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA
020 8369 5454


18th Oct  

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS

01434 652477


20th – 21st Oct       

Key Theatre

Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

01733 207239


25th Oct                          

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

6 Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1P33 1QR

01284 769505


26th Oct


21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG

0844 406 8666


28th Oct                          

Derby Theatre

15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF

01332 59 39 39


31st Oct                          


Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

0161 274 0600


1st – 4th Nov                     

Tara Theatre

356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18 4ES

020 8333 4457


8th Nov 

Lawrence Batley Theatre

Queens Square, Queens Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

01483 430 528


9th Nov                          

Lakeside Theatre

University Of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Square 5, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
01206 873 261


10th Nov                         

Upstairs at the Western

70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 OGA



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