Battersea Art Centre
31 Oct - 3 Nov 2018
One microphone, one light, one man. Lemn Sissay is a unique voice in British culture. He brings his new one man show You Never See an Alien in an Afro to Battersea Arts Centre for a first airing. Each night there'll be a Q & A which is part of the show itself. So, what is You Never See an Alien with an Afro?
Superman, Harry Potter and Lisbeth Salander all have one thing in common. They were in care: fostered, orphaned, in children's homes or adopted.
From Greek Myths to Marvel films, Superheroes have enthralled Lemn with their adventures of war and epic battles for justice.
Lemn explores the origins of superheroes. Where were they born and how did they come to be who they are? Lemn examines their stories to see if his theory stands to reason. That he might be a superhero. That all children in care might be too.
His discovery reveals questions about our attitudes towards the real life superheroes lurking in our midst. The more he looks, the more he finds that people who have been in care have too much in common with superheroes to ignore.
Lemn's unique style and singular sense of humour will have you both weeping and laughing. You will walk away from Alien with a spring in your step, a smile on your face and a sense that you've changed.