Theatre (new writing, solo show)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 16:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Nouveau Riche in association with Soho Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strobe lighting and strong language. The show contains real CCTV footage including violence which audiences may find distressing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


What is the cost of a typical night out? An ex-serviceman who has spent his life fighting for his country finds new battles in a society fighting against him. From the makers of 2018 hit Queens of Sheba comes this powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron confronting the daily tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life, while constantly feeling like their own lives are on the line. Typical uncovers the man and the humanity behind a tragic real-life story, challenging traditional conceptions of Black manhood and highlighting the crisis of identity consuming Britain today.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 22 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Anthony Walbran 113 days ago

The trifecta for a successful stage show is a strong story line, a good script and excellent acting, Typical delivers all of these to the highest degree.

The script is never boring, combining in its tight monologue off beat analogies and wordplay and slipping effortlessly between prose and an almost rap like rhythm and rhyme. Keeping the audience completely engaged throughout the entire show.

But even more than the story or script was the brilliant acting and delivery of Richard Blackwood. His performance was superb, managing the strong script with deceptive ease.

My pick of the Fringe so far.

Rebecca Bogucki 116 days ago

Typical is one of those shows that was recommended by word of mouth, the performance by Richard Blackwood was engrossing and brilliantly executed - absolutely amazing.
The writing pulls you in and challenges - It is so cleverly done and you will be very moved.
Make time to see this work - this show at this time needs the widest audience - I would guarantee you won’t forget it or Richard Blackmans performance.

Keith Baxter 123 days ago

Superb performance of a brilliant script. A high octane show that is bound to set you thinking and talking. Don't miss it!

Sarah S 124 days ago

Richard Blackwood is a force of nature in this one man show. He captivates you from the first moment. Fun, silly, joyful and then so serious, sad and emotional. This is a performance that has to be seen and a story that should be heard. Go see it.

Diana Kenchington 125 days ago

This was a powerful and thought provoking play, beautifully acted; maybe the best thing we saw at the fringe. Go and see it!

Jan Z Netherlands 129 days ago

Great performance with a staggering and moving finale

Paul Shank 132 days ago

This is an incredible show by a great actor. This is a powerful story of how we treat the "other" - those different from us in color, speech, or language. It says a lot to us and about us. This is life imitating art.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

Ryan Calais Cameron’s new Fringe play is based on the true-life story of Christopher Alder, a decorated ex-paratrooper who died in police custody in Hull in 1998 after being attacked outside a nightclub. ...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

What's the cost of a typical night out, for a typical young dad with a night off from his parenting duties? A sore head, a thinner wallet? A couple of embarrassing faux pas' on the dancefloor that your friends won't ever let you forget?  Richard Blackwood shines as the buoyant,...

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British Theatre.com (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

In a strong, engaging solo performance, Richard Blackwood plays a black British man embarking on a Saturday night round the bars and clubs of a northern town. With a cheeky wit, he is charming and good-natured with an easy-going attitude that tries to see past the racism he encounters.

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UK Theatre Network (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

But in Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful new play actor Richard Blackwood is no wide boy, just a British ex-serviceman going about his business - until he is assaulted, and then set upon by police, with tragic consequences. Just because of the colour of his skin. [...] It left us all shaken and stirred.

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The List (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Compelling solo show depicting a true story of police brutality in London...

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Ryan Calais Cameron's new play, Typical, is a monologue depicting an unthinkable, but depressingly fathomable, true story. In 1998, computer programmer and former army paratrooper Christopher Alder was the victim of an assault on a night out. He was removed from the hospital where he was seeking help by police...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful new work plays with the meanings of its title in many ways: our central, point-of-view character has the “distinctive qualities of a particular type of person” and yet a representative symbol of much more than first appears. In less than an hour, we come to empathise...

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

Christopher Alder died on the floor of a police custody suite. You can see his final minutes on YouTube and you will see it at the end of the play Typical based on the last evening of his life.But most of the play shows him preparing for a typical night...

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The Student Newspaper 123 days ago

Funny, frightening, but ultimately heartbreaking, Cameron’s 2019 contribution to the Fringe is a must-see. Bring tissues.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

"One of the productions presented by Soho Theatre at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is sure to catch the eye of many an audience member. Typical arrives at the Pleasance Courtyard with an already impressive pedigree; written by the award-winning Ryan Calais Cameron and starring Richard Blackwood."

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Fest (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

There are several points watching Ryan Calais Cameron’s new play where you feel the urge to stand up and right the wrongs of what’s happening on the stage. There can be no better compliment. Typical is transformative piece of theatre, one that opens up a difficult dialogue and then asks...

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