Developed at Contact during 2011 Countryboy's Struggle is the debut solo show from writer and performer, Maxwell Golden, and has toured extensively since, including dates at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, MC Theater (Amsterdam), The Core (Corby), The Albany (London), and rural venues across the UK.
Michael (Golden) is a rap star, or least he is when he dreams, but growing up in rural Cornwall he's never had a chance to connect to his community. One day, after a fight with his father, he sets off to London to become an MC...
A fast, funny and honest story of a quest for a sense of belonging Countryboy's Struggle features over 40 characters, all delivered by Maxwell in a tour-de-force performance.
Directed by Baba Israel.
Countryboy's Struggle was developed with supported by Contact; Take Art, Somerset and Beaford Arts, Devon.
The Strategic Rural Tour 2013 of CountryBoy’s Struggle has been made possible with the support of The National Rural Touring Forum and Arts Council England.
CountryBoy’s Struggle has been produced on behalf of Contact by Oliver Sykes.
Tour Dates 2013
Thu 10-Jan Cramlington Learning Village, Highburn, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 6BN.
Fri 11-Jan Centre 67, Eden Community Outdo, Chapel Street, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6QR.
Tue 15-Jan Gloucestershire college, 5 Acres campus, Colford, Gloucestershire GL16 7JT
Sat 19-Jan The Bernard Hall, Cuddington, Bucks, HP18 0AP. CANCELLED PERFORMANCE
Tue 22-Jan Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG.
Mon 04-Feb Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, York, YO42 2AR.
Fri 08-Feb Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN.
Wed 13-Feb Square Chapel, 10 Square Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QG
Mon 04-Mar Theatre John Ambrose, Mold Road, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin, LL15 1EG.
Tue 05-Mar John Summers High School, Chester Road West, Queensferry, Flintshire, CH5 1SE.
Wed 06-Mar Prestatyn Youth Centre, Dawson Drive, Denbighshire, LL19 8SY.
Thu 07-Mar Connahs Quay High School, Golfyn Lane, Connahs Quay, Flintshire, CH5 4BH.
Mon 11-Mar South Axholme Academy, Burnham Road, Epworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire,DN9 1BY.
Tue 12-Mar Invenio Academy, 2 Foxhills Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8LJ.
Thu 14-Mar Ysgol Morgan Clwyd, Ffordd Cefn, Wrecsam, LL13 9NG.
Fri 15-Mar The Dragon Theatre, Jubilee Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1EF.
Sat 16-Mar Yr Institiwt, Corris, Machynlleth, SY20 9SH.
Wed 20-Mar Callington Community College, Launceston Road, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 7DR.
Thu 21-Mar Lostwithiel Community Centre, Pleyber Christ Way, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0HA.
Fri 22-Mar The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3EG.
Sat 23-Mar Treviglas Community College, Bradley Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3JA
Mon 25-Mar The David Hall Arts Centre, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5AA.
Tue 26-Mar Huish Episcopi Academy, Wincanton Road, Huish Episcopi, Langport, TA10 9SS.
Wed 27-Mar Bishop Fox’s School, Bishop Fox Drive, Taunton, TA1 3HQ.
Thu 28-Mar Preston School Academy, Monks Dale, Yeovil, BA21 3JD. AND VAN RETURN
Wed 10-Apr The Aros Centre, Viewfield Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EU.
Thu 11-Apr The Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, Scotland, IV26 2UN.
Fri 12-Apr The Little Theatre, King Street, Nairn, Scotland, IV12 4NP.
Mon 22-Apr The Summit, Dunham on the hill, Frodsham, WA6 0LY.
Wed 24-Apr The Edge Arts Centre, Farley Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NB.
Fri 26-Apr Parton Village Hall, Parton, Whitehaven, CA28 6GK.
Tue 07-May Theatr Clera (Welshpool Community Theatre), Salop Road, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7RE.
Wed 08-May Blaengarw Workmen's Hall, Blaengarw, Bridgend, CF32 8AW.
Fri 10-May Soar Centre, Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon, Taff, CF40 1JZ.
Sat 11-May Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 5JQ.
Mon 20-May The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NY.
Tue 21-May Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Tudor Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1NW.
Wed 22-May Calster High School, Windsor Road, Calster-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5LS.
Thu 23-May Alderman Peel High School, Market Lane, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RB.
Thu 06-Jun Comberton Village College, West Street, Comberton, Cambridge, CB23 7DU.
Fri 07-Jun Adec, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU.
Sat 08-Jun The Bernard Hall, Cuddington, Bucks, HP18 0AP.