We Shall Not Be Moved

14 - 21 Oct 2017
We Shall Not Be Moved 14 - 21 Oct 2017
Saturday 14th October
Sunday 15th October
Wednesday 18th October
Friday 20th October
Saturday 21st October

In 1985, police ended a standoff with black liberation group MOVE by dropping a bomb on their West Philadelphia headquarters, destroying an entire neighbourhood and killing 11 people, five of them children.

32 years later, five teenagers are on the run from their failing school. Taking refuge in a condemned house, they discover their make-shift home sits in the exact location of the MOVE headquarters. The ghosts of the children killed in the bombing reveal themselves and their story, and the self-defined family of teenagers begin to see their squatting as a point of power and resistance over self-preservation.

An invigorating hybrid of hip-hop, spoken word and opera, We Shall Not Be Moved is a vital exploration of institutionalised racism directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Bill. T. Jones. Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph – an arts activist and spoken word performer –  have created a brooding, often joyful piece filled with place, purpose, and possibility.

Hackney Empire

£49.50 – £15  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)  Limited number of Premium Seats  available at £75.00+fees


Please Note:  Children under 14 years need to be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.

Performed in English with English Supertitles


Photo credit: Dominic M. Mercier and Dave DiRentis

Cast & Creative Team

Bill T. JonesDirector & Choreographer
Daniel Bernard RoumainMusic by
Marc Bamuthi JosephLibretto by
Kirstin Chávezas Glenda
Lauren WhiteheadSpoken word artist
Aubrey Allicockas John Henry
John Holidayas John Blue
Adam Richardsonas John Mack

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