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Poet in da Corner review – thrilling grime musical leaves you Dizzee

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Royal Court, London
Debris Stevenson tells how grime became her salvation in a show that explores race, representation and authenticity

In 2003, Dizzee Rascal won the Mercury prize for the seminal grime album Boy in Da Corner, which spoke of teenage life on a London housing estate riddled with “blanks, skanks and street robbery”. Debris Stevenson was 13 at the time and living in an east London estate herself.

Now a grime poet and academic, Stevenson grew up in a white, working-class Mormon family and struggled with bullying at school, the tyranny of religion at home and coming out as pansexual to her mother. Grime became her salvation, she says, and this play is an ode to that art form, performed as a poetic monologue but also a kind of grime musical.

At the Royal Court, London, until 6 October.

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