I stopped… .when.

Presented by acquah&co

Three poets battle for first place in London’s biggest slam poetry competition; kind-hearted Adele who learns to use her words as a shield; Wren, a shy foreign student from Singapore who gets more than he bargained for when he downloads Grindr; and Naya, a Black activist who finds herself unfavourably in the public eye when she is ‘discovered’ to be dating a white man. As the poets’ private lives are exposed and their personas stripped away, they must answer:

How can one balance activism with falling in love?
What do our dating preferences say about us?
Can we separate art from the artist?
The personal from the political?
Loving you from hating me?

A 'verbatim-as-poetry' show about public pressures, interracial dating, and what the art we make says about us.

Lauren La Rocque
Joseph Cullen
Nicole Acquah
Tom Nguyen

Theatre & Performance
Varies23 — 27 Jan
Cavern - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
BAMECombo OfferPlaySpoken Word
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About the company


Acquah&co is a new and innovative theatre company founded by actor and writer Nicole Acquah. We are interested in making work that addresses contemporary discussions and reflects and celebrates Britain's diversity. Acquah&Co took solo show N*GGA to Omnibus Theatre and later to Byline Festival -- the show explored the usage of the N word, from its origins to its implications in the modern day.


Writer/Performer: Nicole Acquah
Director: Dorcas A. Stevens
Producer: Kate Cotruvo
Performer: Lauren La Rocque
Performer: Joseph Cullen
Performer: Tom Nguyen

Press & Reviews


The Stage, 4 Stars - "For a Black Girl's mix of autobiographical and verbatim sequences proves Acquah to be a talented writer and a formidable actor with the kind of emotional dexterity that allows her to inhabit role after role...with engaging intensity."

Theatre Bubble, 4 stars, - "A show which never took its eyes off the audience...one of the most powerful images of the piece came from the simplest use of physical theatre...the audience was actively engaged in the piece, implicated in the piece, by meta-theatrical moments."

A View from the Balcony - "Acquah places comedy and tragedy side by side in a way that cuts straight to the point"