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Something Dark

Lemn Sissay

Photo by by Ruphin Coudyzer.

8.15 on 10 June, 9.15 on 11 June
Shot through with lyrical beauty and sharp humour, Something Dark is a blast of light. It tells the story of Lemn’s upbringing after he was taken away from his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s.

He was renamed Norman Greenwood and nicknamed Chalky White throughout his turbulent childhood in care, only finding out his real name at the age of 18. No longer the possession of social services, he left the brutal suburbs of Lancashire for the bright lights of Manchester where he became a celebrated performance poet. Aged 21, Lemn left for Gambia in search of his mother and the truth about his father.

Something Dark is a solo performance of searing honesty, laced with secrets, lies and truths too terrible to mention and artistically influenced by Lemn’s background in poetry. Originally produced by Apples & Snakes.

Written and performed by Lemn Sissay. Directed by John E McGrath. Something Dark is a triumph.
The Scotsman

Hugely enjoyable, inventive, funny and touching.
The Guardian

With post-show talk, part of Transform.

Date and time

10–11 June 2011

Please note
This is now a past event.


West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square
Quarry Hill