by Alan ‘Cool’ Clay
PREMIERE: @MTGStudios, Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February 2018, 7:30pm
Skip Rap is an angry love song to grit, endurance and creativity.
Alan has packed a lot into his 41 years; not least a 20 year career as an artist, touring nationally and internationally; but Alan knows what it’s like to be put down, cast aside and written off.
Alan aka Alan ‘Cool’ Clay delivers a defiant and bold performance about what it’s like to be treated like trash and how you find your way out of the junk, in his debut solo show Skip Rap.
Hitting the note between Alan’s difficult background and his exceptional success, Skip Rap explores how these experiences clash and merge and continue to shape his art, his views and his life.
Alan is an artist, performer; stand up comedian and rapper who has a learning disability. Fusing hip-hop, theatre, digital imagery and junk – Skip Rap has a kick of reality, a storming soundtrack and an energy that will have you up on your feet.
On stage, Alan is joined by acclaimed MC, poet and theatre-maker Testament (Blake Remixed, WOKE). In collaboration with Baba Israel (The Spinning Wheel, Country Boy’s Struggle) and directed by Iain Bloomfield (Learning How to Die, Rise and Fall of a Northern Star).
Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Mind the Gap.
Length: 60 minutes, no interval
Suitable for ages 14+ (strong language and adult themes)