Rude: A Ska Musical

There’s a new Tory government. Jobs are hard to come by. The weather isn’t up to much. But somewhere in a makeshift club, people are dancing to a new tune. It’s 1980. The place is Cardiff. The music is Ska. Here come the rude boys…

After our sell out production of Heart of Darkness earlier this year, Give It A Name are straight back at you with a new piece of work. Expect trademark G.I.A.N.T style immersion, invention and interaction. This time we will be in Rockin’ Chair Bar and Grill, in Riverside, Cardiff. Come early for excellent Caribbean food and a seat by the pool (table). Relax and be transported back to the real 1980’s. Life for a young mixed race guy growing up in Splott was not a lot like Dallas: it was more like the OK Corral. And the music was way better. In fact Roddy would tell you that the music saved his life…

Photography: Jorge Lizalde
“Engaging, nostalgic and fun, an unrefined polish added to my enjoyment, and a rich vein of humour kept me grinning throughout. With a touch of improvisation, the actors took the performance to the audience, building the set around them as the plot recalled memories of music, unemployment, love and violence”. ★★★★ Buzz Magazine
“This was one production whose message would have been completely lost if it weren’t for the synergy between audience and cast and the cast’s ability to slap the audience round the face with its message”. The PICK Cardiff


Cast: Shekira Johnson, Brent Morgan, John Norton, Dean Rehman, Joe Shire, Olly Wood
Rude Band: Jenny Bradley, Fran Dimech, Chay Lockyer, Eric Martin Jr, Gregg Price
Written by Original Rude Boy Tony Wright
Print Design Matt Wright
Director James Williams