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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’
Le Gateau Chocolat has a story to tell…
Featuring a repertoire ranging from Wagner and Purcell to Nina Simone and Whitney Houston, Black is an intimate and confessional portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolat’s life: his hopes, his fears and his battle with depression.
Following its sell-out world premiere at Homotopia in 2013 and a hugely successful run at London’s Soho Theatre, Le Gateau Chocolat returned to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in 2014 with an additional 12 piece orchestra and rave reviews.
Black was originally commissioned by homotopia, the UK’s foremost LGBT art and cultural festival and created with funding from Arts Council England and support from Pink Fringe, Nightingale Theatre, and Colchester Arts Centre.
“Sensitive and canny… Le Gateau’s voice is a treat. Black provides Le Gateau Chocolat with an opportunity to take his audience into abyssal despair, while at the same time lifting hearts and souls with his irrepressible love of song and performance.”
★ ★ ★ ★ — Exeunt Magazine (UK)
“Upfront and poignantly personal… depression distilled in music and insight… full of beauty and intensity.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ — The Stage (UK)
“Black is an impeccably constructed, challenging and unique performance… at both an epitaph and beacon of hope expressing the universal humanity that lies beneath eccentricity and difference – for as Chocolat declares: We are human first and have all been black at some point.”
— The Upcoming (UK)
“The most refreshing ‘black’ performer currently throwing down! Period!”
— Boy George
“A concise and impressively directed piece, expertly performed; personal without being self indulgent, inventive, warm and wise…one of the most moving, entertaining and special shows of the year.”
— Made Up (UK)
- 2014 Homotopia, Liverpool (12 piece orchestra)
- 2014 Soho Theatre, London
- 2013 Homotopia, Liverpool