Meet Lonely Joe, a boy who can’t speak. Nobody understands his mysterious mouth music.
One day, everything changes when he meets Afro, a supercool beatboxer who takes him
to meet The Misfits, a gaggle of well meaning but disorganized beatbox troublemakers.
But soon the slick beatbox gangster Beatrix Badmouth arrives with her Cronies and
tries to woo Joe to join her evil gang. Will Joe be seduced by their all-powerful
microphones and slick beats?
Quick Q&A with Shlomo
What's the story/concept behind this Boxed?
Boxed is beatbox theatre. It follows the story of Lonely Joe, a boy who can't speak.
One day he meets a crazy beatboxer called Afro who takes him into the beatbox underworld
where all the beatboxers hang out. They build this human time machine and go back
to the 90s and sing an amazing medley of awful 90s tunes. It's basically a mad musical
adventure and a big old excuse to have a load of fun onstage!
Who makes up the cast?
There's 9 of us in the cast (see box, right), all beatboxers, vocalists and some
incredible singers. I wanted to create beatboxing's answer to Stomp or Into the Hoods
and this is what we created.
I saw Simeon Qsyea from Birdgang was involved. How was he involved?
Simeon is our choreographer and movement director. It's been great to work with him
- we aren't all dancers (especially me!) so we've had a lot of fun adding movement
into the routines.
Boxed cast list
Shlomo – Lonely Joe
Ben Francis – Afro
Nelly Elessa, Claudia Georgette and Johannah Jolson – The Misfits
Billy Boothroyd, Testament and Robin Bailey – The Cronies