“You’re probably wondering what I’m doing. Perhaps you’ve regretted stopping. Please hear me out. I know I don’t look like your usual busker – I don’t look old enough, or poor enough, or smelly enough, or male enough. Perhaps you’re thinking: what gives her the right to ask for my money?”
A tube tunnel in London. A busker steps up to perform her last ever pitch. Along with two (slightly unwilling) musicians she stops you with a story she needs to be told. Right here. Right now. About a chance encounter that opened her eyes and changed everything. Together, you journey through a year on the London Underground, meet weird and wonderful people, encounter the unseen stories that unfold when we start to stop and listen.
Is it just ‘artists’ who should take the mic? Or do we all have the right to get up and speak? Are some people beyond help, should we let them go? Is love enough when you only reserve it for a select few? In a huge city, it sometimes feels like we are drowning alone. So how do we pull each other back from the brink?
Inspired by real experiences from 10 years singing on the tube, Busking It is an honest exploration of today’s world and how we navigate it. With live and all-origi
nal songs, this is a play about love, music, and reaching each other. It’s funny, sometimes brutal, but filled with hope. Despite all our flaws, people really can be wonderful. Especially when they think no-one is looking.
Initially created as a series of monologues, Busking It was further developed at the RSC Other Place Theatre in January 2017, and later presented as a work-in-progress at the Spring 2017 ‘Making Mischief’ festival. Written and performed by Danusia Samal, directed by Guy Meirion Jones. Music: Adam Cross & Joe Archer. Lyrics: Danusia Samal. Featuring Adam Cross and Joe Archer.
“Art is free. And it is your right to share. Share your thoughts, your protests, your heart. Share whatever you want!
Right here. Right now.
Watch our trailer here!
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