Exciting new play by music producer and hip-hop artist Rukus provides multimedia experience, perfect for ages 12+

Published Wednesday 25th May 2022
4 Walls, a high-energy, multimedia experience with live music, performance, dance and large-scale digital projection.

4 Walls will run at Derby Theatre for a limited time only next month, on from Friday 10 until Saturday 18 June.

4 Walls is a new play written by local hip-hop artist and Music Producer, Rukus and which features a professional cast of actors and a community ensemble. The show has been produced as part of Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network), a 3-year Arts Council England Producing Hubs funded project led by Derby Theatre in partnership with a consortium of organisations from Derby and beyond to co-create and co-curate with various communities in and around the city.

The 4 Walls cast includes: Donna Briscoe Greene (singer, performer, Cultural Music and Arts Award winner, pub landlady of The Maypole Café Bar and Theatre in Derby); Timotei Cobeanu (Lit for the Bush Theatre and Romeo & Juliet and Richard III for Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Aimee Powell (Nothello for Belgrade Theatre and Crongton Knights for Belgrade Theatre and Pilot Theatre); Jerone Marsh-Field (Marvellous for New Vic, Stoke and Charlie and Stan and The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel for Told by an Idiot); Ida Regan (Beauty and the Beast for The Dukes, Lancaster and Birds and Bees for Theatre Centre and Soho Theatre); Kate Spencer (Coronation Street for ITV, Doctors for the BBC and Great Expectations for Derby Theatre) and Marcel White (Crongton Knights for Belgrade Theatre and Pilot Theatre and A Taste of Honey, a National Theatre Tour).

The 4 Walls Community Ensemble includes: Jo-Anne Blackwood, Nicole Graley, Assis Jabang, Danish Latif, Kaiya (Keke) McKoy, Caroline Msimanga, Jishnu Soni and Mr Supreme

A Caribbean woman is surprised to be caught up in a scandal, in her old age. A school kid suffers sleepless nights in fear of deportation yet his dreams of a music career stay big. Then there’s what’s her face, you know, the young nomad, out of place soul plodding the lonely road and not to 4get Femi, the inner-city dreamer, ambitious and aspirational, a believer. But as their journeys go on, something just seems wrong. Living in the same block of flats, each stranger is experiencing a deafening chorus of fear that crescendos and bursts into a Uni-verse, which is simply entitled: Find where you belong. 

4 Walls includes live saxophone music, rap, dance and multimedia and invites you into a world of community; discovering what fundamental needs are, who informs them and how we navigate where we go.

The creative team for 4 Walls is Rukus (Writer); Corey Campbell (Director); Charlotte Henery (Designer); Benny Goodman (Lighting Designer); Barret Hodgson (Video Designer); DeFaceless Producer (Sound Designer); Omar Khan (Assistant Director); Keiren Hamilton-Amos (Co-Movement Director) and Marcus Joseph (Saxophonist).

BSL performance: Friday 17 June, 7.30pm.

Post-show discussion: after the evening performance on Friday 17 June.

Tickets: £15, £5 for 16-25 year-olds, £10 for groups of 10 or more. For more information and to book tickets, call the Box Office on 01332 593939 or book online at www.dertbytheatre.co.uk.


Timotei Cobeanu

Aimee Powell

Donna Briscoe-Greene

Ida Regan

Jerone Marsh-Reid

Marcel White