Black Out SHOW
Our BLACK OUT performance will take place from 6.45pm on Thursday 30th November 2023.
A special Q&A will take place with members of our cast after the performance.
Whilst Rumble in the Jungle Rematch performances are already proud to welcome a diverse audience, our intention is to create an opportunity for Black people to explore and discuss the themes and issues our show raises within a safe space – as well as celebrating Black excellence and culture.
Although this one-off performance is intended for a Black audience, no one will be excluded from the show.
WHAT IS A BLACK OUT SHOW?
“A BLACK OUT night is the purposeful creation of an environment in which an all-Black-identifying audience* can experience and discuss an event in the performing arts, film, athletic, and cultural spaces – free from the white gaze” blackoutnite.com
The concept was originated by Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, Daddy), the very first BLACK OUT took place in 2019, for a performance of Slave Play on Broadway in New York. This initiative was then brought to London for Daddy at The Almeida, and has had repeated success at Lyric Hammersmith for
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and at Stratford East for Tambo and Bones.
Find out more about the history of BLACK OUT performances at https://blackoutnite.com/
WHY ARE REMATCH DOING A BLACK OUT PERFORMANCE?
The original Rumble in the Jungle fight and the music festival organised alongside it, were staged by a Black promoter within a recently independent African nation. The events featured two Black fighters and Black musicians and were watched by an estimated one billion people on TV. Rumble in the Jungle represented pride and promise. It broke barriers like never before.
Rumble in the Jungle Rematch directly explores Muhammad Ali’s status as a leading civil rights figure, his values and his impact on Black culture.
Whilst we already welcome diverse audiences to the show, we believe hosting a BLACK OUT performance and creating a space for an all Black audience to come together and celebrate black culture reflects the spirit of the original Rumble in the Jungle.
HOW DO WE DEFINE BLACK?
We define ‘Black’ as “of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage who identify as such.
WILL YOUR SHOW TEAM BE BLACK?
We have a diverse team but not all members are Black-identifying and as such some staff on the night will not be.
HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS AND ARE THERE CONCESSIONS?
General Admission tickets are available for £29.50 + booking fee.
This price is consistent with the pricing of our regular performances.
Ringside VIP and VIP tickets will not be available for this show, as we feel offering the chance to book better seats for the fight goes against the inclusive ethos of this performance.
We will also be working with Black community groups and organisations to offer discounted tickets to individuals and groups who otherwise may not have been able to attend this performance. If you are interested in getting involved please email us HERE.
CAN I ATTEND THE PERFORMANCE IF I AM NOT BLACK?
Although this one-off performance is intended for a Black audience, no one will be excluded from the show. However, we do ask that non-Black identifying people respect the intention of this performance and consider attending a performance on another date.