The Dark Lady plunges the reader into the violent, visceral streets of Elizabethan London, deftly weaving history and magic with contemporary ideas around class and identity.
In The Dark Lady, Akala, a natural storyteller with a vision all his own, enthuses and entertains teenagers and young adults, showing that reading is a true superpower.
BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur Akala has led youth arts, education and music projects globally, and co-founded The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company in 2009.
The music theatre production company explores the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between Shakespeare's works and the work of modern-day rappers.
Akala has gained a reputation as a dynamic and articulate talent, notably with his Sunday Times bestseller Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, released in 2018.
For ages 12+
Copies of Akala’s new book The Dark Lady (RRP £12.99) are available for £10.99 when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.
This offer only applies to copies of the book pre-purchased with a ticket and is not available at the event itself.
Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.
This event is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT) and British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).