What Does it Take? is
a creative collaboration involving the lyricists Tamsin
Kayembe and first time script writer Darren
Goode. The title and the inspiration
for the play came from a lyrical piece created by Phoenix, called
What Does It Take, performed in Second Wave's Platform Event in
The choreography, original songs and sound track for the
production were created and devised in collaboration with Tori
Tope Omowale, Kloe
Dean and Joel
The visuals for the production such as grafitti artwork, costume-making,
photography, film and projection, was created by young people working
alongside set designer Diana
Pinto, costume designer Wai
photographer Sarah Ainslie, and grafitti artist Jamie
In Deptford two families hold a long time grudge.
When young people from opposite sides fall in love, war is declared.
When a rival gets hurt, do you stand by your friends or stand alone?
Do you have what it takes to face up...to be real?
When respect is on the line – who controls
your fate, is it love or is it hate?What does it take
to be real...to lose face...to face up. The front’s gone – only
true pictures get drawn. And at the end of the
day only real people get mourned.
Original lyrics by PhoenixThis production is
dedicated to young people who are working to reduce youth on youth
violence on our streets and in our neighbourhoods, and brings it
to the attention of a wider community audience.