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F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for Adults)

A series of strange stories for stranger times

F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults) features seven short stories written by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi, Dipo Baruwa-Etti,Tim Crouch,Vivienne Franzmann,Matilda Ibini,Amy JephtaandAnthony Neilson. ETT asked these 7 brilliant a
8/19/2020

Then I Heard a Black Man Cry by Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Season 1, Ep. 6
"This wasn’t the life Mr and Mrs Olanrewaju conjured up in their dreams. When they thought of Stratford,they pictured the Olympic Park, not a cramped flat in a rat-ridden tower block"Rotimi is born to loving, if poor, parents. When they see an opportunity to provide him with all the things they never had, they take it - at which point things take a very dark turn indeed. Part horror, part satire, Dipo Baruwa-Etti'sThen I Heard a Black Man Cryis a terrifying new fairy tale for a disturbed age.Written by Dipo Baruwa-EttiRead by Paapa EssieduDirected by Jennifer BakstSound, Music and Editing by Max PappenheimCONTENT WARNING - This audio drama contains strong, offensive language including use of then-wordas well as violent imagery, gun violence, and references to multiple forms of trauma and abuse, including self abuse, racism and exploitationDipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, poet, and filmmaker. Currently Channel 4 playwright on attachment at Almeida Theatre, his forthcoming play AN UNFINISHED MAN will premiere at The Yard Theatre, published by Faber & Faber. For screen, he is developing several TV projects and a short film as writer-director with BBC Drama and BFI.Paapa Essiedu’s theatre credits include Pass Over (Kiln Theatre), The Convert (Young Vic), Pinter One (Harold Pinter Theatre), Hamlet, King Lear (RSC, Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York - Ian Charleson and UK Theatre Award winner for Best Actor), Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath), The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mouse and his Child (RSC), You For Me For You (Royal Court Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory), King Lear (National Theatre), Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre), Outside on the Street (Pleasance Theatre), and Dutchman (Orange Tree Theatre). For television, his work includes I May Destroy You, Gangs of London, Press, The Miniaturist, Black Earth Rising, Revolting, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiri, Not Safe for Work and Utopia; and for film, Murder on the Orient Express and Women at the Well (Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017).Creative Associate at English Touring TheatreJennifer Bakstis a director and dramaturg. She was previously New Work Associate at Kiln Theatre. Her theatre credits as a director includeDear Future Generation (Kiln Theatre Young Company), Armstrong’s War(Finborough Theatre) and theatre work with young prisoners for the Synergy Theatre Project. Her credits as an associate director includeHandbagged(Kiln Theatre/59E59 New York) andThe Great Wave (National Theatre)Max Pappenheim's theatre includesThe Night of the Iguana(West End);The Way of the World(Donmar); The Children(Royal Court/Broadway);Waiting for Godot(Sheffield Crucible);Macbeth(Chichester Festival Theatre);Dry Powder,Sex with Strangers,Labyrinth(Hampstead);OpheliasZimmer(Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court);CrookedDances(Royal Shakespeare Company);One Night in Miami(Nottingham Playhouse);Hogarth’s Progress(Rose Theatre Kingston);The Ridiculous Darkness(Gate Theatre);The Gaul(Hull Truck);A Kettle of Fish(Yard Theatre);CommonWealth(Almeida);Creve Coeur(Print Room);Switzerland, Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie(English Theatre of Frankfurt);Mrs Lowry and Son(Trafalgar Studios);My Cousin Rachel, The Habit of Art, Monogamy, Teddy, Toast, Fabric, Invincible(National Tours).Opera includesMiranda(Opéra Comique, Paris);Scraww(Trebah Gardens);Vixen(Vaults/International Tour);Carmen: Remastered(ROH/Barbican).Radio includesHome Front(BBC Radio 4). Associate Artist of The Faction and Silent Opera.ETTtour theatre across the UK and internationally, collaborating with visionary artists to create engaging and imaginative work which interrogates and celebratescontemporary England and reflects the diversity of our nation. ETT won the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015, 2016 and Best Play Revival in 2019.