Misty by writer and performer Arinzé Kene blends gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address.
We asked Arinzé about the music that inspired Misty, a play that confronts the assumptions underpinning the act of telling a story on stage. He delivers an epic, lyrical journey through inner city London.
“We do touch on both those things [Black stereotypes and gentrification] and my working-class background also comes into it. I grew up in Hackney and have seen it change before my eyes, for better and for worse.” Arinzé speaking to Observer New Review
The soundtrack to Arinzé’s creative process included a mixture of vintage Dizzee Rascal with Boy in Da Corner and more current MC Jme, Stormzy, Wiley and Giggs. Basically, it’s a grime list: the genre that exploded in the noughties in East London where Arinzé grew up. An eleven track concept album, Misty is the story of an underdog, a singer, a writer and an observer with his insecurities laid bare.
“There are two worlds in the play, one naturalistic and one in verse; when I first started writing 20 years ago, it was rhymes, raps that I made up to beats in my bedroom.” Arinzé speaking to Observer New Review