How Secrets of a Black Boy explores gentrification and male sexuality
Secrets of a Black Boy is a play that revolves around five childhood friends that come together for one last game of dominos before their beloved community centre is lost to gentrification.
It was first staged in 2009, but is now back for more shows. Seven years later, after touring the play in the U.S., creator Darren Anthony and Kimahli Powell admits that this play is still very timely. Powell adds: "I think that's one of the strengths of it; unfortunately, these issues surrounding black men are continuous and systemic."
Secrets of a Black Boy tackles a number of important issues, which also include mental health and domestic abuse, and for Anthony it was important to put a spotlight on these things.
He says, "We needed the play to have a face for what's happening, to dissect these issues."
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