Saved events

Poetry + Film / Hack - Rocks (12A)

Inua Ellams


Watch a screening of critically-acclaimed film Rocks before joining Inua Ellams as a line-up of poets share new work - their words and verses responding to its heartbreaking and life-affirming themes.

Bursting with energy, this new film from playwright Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson follows east end teenager Shola after her mother’s sudden disappearance. Sarah Gavron directs this coming-of-age story which offers a glimpse of an authentic London rarely captured on film.

Joining Inua Ellams as co-curator will be Michelle Tiwo as they introduce babirye bukilwaSarah LasoyeBe Manzini, Shanay Neusum-James and Tania Nwachukwu to share specially commissioned poetry responding to the film's themes. To mark Black History Month, this all Black femme line-up bring a powerful collective of experience from storytelling and theatre to radio and television.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins, including a 15 min interval

Age guidance: 12+ (film contains scenes that some people may find upsetting. More Information)

Wed 13 Oct
BSL-interpreted performance
Live poetry will have BSL interpretation by Ali Gordon and the film screening will be subtitled in English

Wed 13 Oct
Relaxed performance
At the relaxed performance there will be a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium. Read more below to see how this will be different from other performances.

Please also get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking, contact the Theatre team – [email protected].

Presented by the Barbican



‘Is there anything that Inua Ellams can’t do?‘
Time Out
‘An energetic five-star triumph‘
The Guardian on Rocks
‘One of the UK’s most dynamic cultural impresarios‘

Relaxed performance

The screening and performance on Wed 13 Oct will be Relaxed.

A number of changes will be made during these performance which include: 

  • The house will be opened early to allow you more time to find your seats.
  • A member of the Front of House team will lead a pre-show welcome talk.
  • The Front of House team are briefed on providing a more informal service and relaxing the standards in regard to audience behaviour during the performance.
  • Latecomer and re-admittance points will be relaxed to allow people to leave and re-enter the auditorium more freely.
  • The house lights will remain slightly raised to during the performance to ensure your safety if you need to move about.
  • Auditorium doors will be kept open during the performance to assist you in entering and exiting the theatre during the performance.
  • A quiet chill out space is provided with comfortable seating.

The Pit