Remember your adolescence? Watch, as teenage lives unfold through movement and rhyme.

Based on the 1984 book We Hate Humans, and the events of the 2011 Riots, stories of being young and carefree collide with the reality of growing up in a time of economic struggle.

"From time to time it’s something meaningful that grips the entire country. Something dramatic and dangerous. In 1970 it was a terrifying rise of unemployment, inflation and racism that led to violence reigning across football grounds. In 2011 it was the summer of riots in which man turned on man and an image of one boy’s rucksack rocketed across the internet." 
— Le Cool Magazine
"Very thought provoking & funny. Confronting a current issue we have in Britain today. Definitely one to see!"
— Lovefringe.com

Portmanteau chat to Ideas Tap's Bella Todd about the making of Let’s Get Angry, a show part-inspired by the 2011 riots: Read the full article here.

“Let’s Get Angry was most definitely an intriguing and exciting performance that…made for an exciting interactive theatrical experience, and gave the audience a wonderfully refreshing outlook on young people’s opinions.”
—  Live Magazine
“Absorbing spoken word/dance fusion from Portmanteau tackling the London riots”
—   Roundhouse, London (@RoundhouseLDN)

Portmanteau's debut performance, Let's Get Angry, combines verbatim texts, spoken word poetry and physical theatre to expose stories of untold youth. Parallels are drawn between the past and the present. The events of the 2011 Summer Riots take on an eerie resonance as they are juxtaposed against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain. These teenagers live similar lives of displacement and frustration, often with responsibilities and expectations to great for them to handle.

Come and listen to the drowned out voices.

Created and performed by Sophie Robins & Melissa Booth

Photography, videography and marketing material artwork by James Booth
With thanks to Rose Wardle


Development for Let's Get Angry was supported by: