Jonzi D Productions presents Markus the Sadist
As hip hop culture evolves and continues to court controversy, Jonzi D Productions return with bold new theatre, taking a wry look at celebrity within the hip hop ‘industry’ and the manipulative players masterminding urban myths.
Markus the Sadist tells the story of a talented young emcee from humble UK origins, earning his accolades at local battle championships as he sweeps the board with his raw, precocious skills.
Attracting the attentions of record companies and unscrupulous management, Markus has to agree to certain conditions in order to capitalise on the offer of a lifetime - He must sound American, mention his sponsors and predictably have a gang affiliation. After signing and reaching the dizzy heights of rap superstardom, this story takes an unexpected turn as Markus decides to switch styles at the height of his popularity…..
Written and directed by Jonzi D who continues to set a precedent within hip hop theatre and dance, this modern rap fable includes brand new music from MOBO award winning jazz innovator Soweto Kinch. With a vibrant cast collectively portraying a diverse array of characters, the lead role of Markus comes courtesy of Bashy, a rising UK star and critically acclaimed musician/writer who won Most Inspiring Act at the Urban Music Awards in 2008.
With his career in the ascendant, Bashy takes time out of recordings and shows to debut his acting skills and work with Jonzi D Productions on this explosive new work.
Tour dates – October 2009
- 1st and 2nd NORTH FINCHLEY artsdepot, 8pm
- 6th STOCKTON-ON-TEES Arc, 7.30pm
- 8th NOTTINGHAM Playhouse, 8pm
- 10th MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, 7.30pm
- 13th MALVERN Theatres, 7.30pm
- 16th - 17th MANCHESTER Contact Theatre, 8pm
- 19th LONDON Bloomsbury Theatre, 8pm
- 22nd - 24th BIRMINGHAM The Drum, 7.30pm
- 26th - 27th LEEDS West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7.45pm
- 30th - 31st IPSWICH New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm
Interview with Jonzi D by Sophia A Jackson