The Broke 'N' Beat Collective

The Broke 'N' Beat Collective

Thu 04 - Sat 13 February 2016

Theatre |  World Premiere
**Limited number of £6 tickets available for Under 21s for each show - book early!**

20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites join forces to create a unique mash up of hip-hop, theatre and puppetry bringing together 4 amazing artists: beat-boxer Hobbit, b-boy Ryan LoGisTic Harston, singer/rapper Elektric and puppeteer Mohsen Nouri to form The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective.

Sometimes when I can’t stand on my own two feet
Or the voices in my head feel cracked and incomplete
I turn up the volume of my Broken Beats
The Big Heavy Bass sends moves flowing to my feet
Melodic rhymes fill my head and make me feel oh-so-sweet
Cos my Broken Beats help me feel alive
And not so Broke and Beat.

Come and meet Connor, invisible, hiding in the corner with his hood up; party animal Jack who gets a surprise when one night stand Lateefah turns up at his door; and Joanne, the Paper Girl, constantly ripping herself up about the way she looks and comparing her body shape to the girls in the magazines.

Come and spend an evening with the Collective; a raw, gritty, funny and moving gig that explores the hardships faced by young people in the UK today. 

Gripping tales, transfixing poetry and hip-hop puppetry like you’ve never seen before.

“Theatre-Rites, a company of genuine originality and flair”.
The Guardian

"Great theatre should be about taking risks ... This play has it in the bag"
The Guardian (Melody Loses Her Mojo)

A 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites co-production in association with Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Age guidance: Not suitable for under 13s
To find out about our Speaker’s Corner, Post Show Jam and other events please check out the information below.
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Beat-boxer Hobbit
B-boy Ryan LoGisTic Harston
Singer/rapper Elektric
Puppeteer Mohsen Nouri

Supporting Events

Post Show Jam
Tuesday 9th February after the 7.30pm performance
Are you a singer? Slam Poet? Play an instrument? Love to Dance? Or just love performing?! Come and get involved in our Post Show Jam! Join the cast of The Broke n’ Beat Collective and local artists at our legendary post-show jam! Young artists are welcome to perform as individuals or groups. All performance styles welcome! If you’d like to perform get in touch with Nicole (

Post Show Discussion with Cast and Company
Friday 12th February after the 7.30pm performance
Your chance to ask the cast and company questions about the show and find out how it was made. 

Speakers Corner
Before the show Saturday 6th & 13th February 6.30-7.30pm in the Bar
Got something to say about the world today? Roll up to our Speakers Corner and have your say. Perform spoken word, poetry or have a rant about what matters to young people today. But remember, you’ve got an audience so make it entertaining! Sign up for a 10 minute slot by emailing 

Resource Pack & Bronze Arts Award Resource
Our resource packs are filled with activities, discussion starters and information about the company and show and can be used for schools, youth groups or for any young person interested in the show or company. The pack also includes a log book to help young people complete a Bronze Arts Award with The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective. (Available from January 2016 from

Workshop (Mon 8 Feb)
Get involved in our puppetry workshop led by award-winning 20 Stories High, Theatre-Rites and VIP Puppets
Influenced by the techniques used to make The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective. You will learn how to use simple everyday materials to create a figure, then work together to bring it to life, and see where the story takes you...

For more information and to book click here.

**Workshop places are limited and purchase of Main show ticket is needed to qualify**

show details

Dates: Thu 4 - Sat 13 Feb
              Q&A:  Fri 12 Feb
Times: Various
Running time: TBC
Prices:   £14 - £6
               £6 under 21s (limited availability)
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage
Venue: Unity Theatre
To find out more about access  click here

Staff Pick

"The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective sees Liverpool’s touring theatre company for young people 20 Stories High, working with the brilliant Theatre-Rites.
Together I’m expecting nothing less than theatrical fireworks. I can’t wait!

Matthew Linley | Artistic Director

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