SOLD OUT: Cashy C’s: The Musical
Please note: Cashy C’s: The Musical does not take place at Kala Sangam. In Bradford, it will be at the former Fulton’s Foods on John Street and in Keighley at Keighley Creative on Hanover Street.
Fri 30 Sept – 7 Fri Oct | 7.30pm | 2pm & 7.30pm Sat 1 Oct | Bradford City Centre | £10 (£5 concessions)
Fri 21 – Sun 23 Oct | 7.30pm | 2pm & 7.30pm Sat 22 Oct |Keighley Town Centre | £10 (£5 concessions)
Cashy C’s: The Musical is Kirsty Taylor’s witty and poignant debut play, set in a recreated pawnbroker shop in Bradford. The musical uses rap and bassline to tell the stories of people who live hand-to-mouth, trading in a kettle on Monday and buying it back on Friday because they really need a fiver.
Kirsty depicts the effects of real life poverty in contemporary Britain with sharp wit and true compassion. Expect karaoke machines, mobility scooters and a proper night out with a high-energy ensemble cast.
This is a story of our time, a story of struggle and perseverance created by and for working-class people.
Kirsty Taylor is a writer and educator inspired by her beloved hometown Bradford. She began writing in her early twenties after finding her passion for story telling through poetry and has performed all over the country telling tales about people, class and the realities of Broken Britain. Kirsty was a BBC Verb New Voice in 2017 and was awarded the Apples and Snakes/Jerwood Arts Poetry in Performance in 2020. She is the creator of the imitable Front Room Poetry, which takes nanna style living rooms and world class poets to unusual settings such as car parks and housing estates.
It’s 2022. The Tories are still in power, energy prices are rocketing, the price of a big shop is close to doubling, the estate’s at rock bottom and Cashy C’s is thriving. But while Callum is wrapped up in loan sharking and threatening rumours of him being a grass, he’s feeling an added layer of trouble: the cost of living round here. Can he afford to do the right thing by the people, and if he does, at what price?
Ty Richards is our rapper and will be narrating and storytelling throughout the piece with absolute barz and hooks- bring yer inhaler if you wanna keep up wi him!
Jae Depz is our music producer and DJ- he is designing and curating the soundtrack, the backdrop, the whole mood and bones of the play.
Charles Humphreys is playing our main man Callum, Bratfud and bargains through and through, running the shop and other BD business he might later regret.
Rob Took is playing bingo loving Lee, Cashy C’s stickler Chris, and the original nutter Terry.
Phoebe Smith is playing Alisha, estate lass who dreams BIG, as well as our Carla who dabbles in crystals, shoplifting and other stuff she knows she shunt.
Hassan Fazane Khan is playing one half of the BFD Chuckle Bruvas: Cammy, and our raffle loving soft lad Twitch. We also see a cameo from that lad everyone knows from skating back int day, yeno Dobbo!
Michaela Short is playing hardworking, point breaking mum Tasha, and the one and only estate nan Wax Melt Wendy.
Cashy C’s: The Musical is funded by Arts Council England, Kala Sangam, The Leap and Apples and Snakes, with additional support from Bradford Producing Hub.
Content guidance: Please note that this performance is 90 minutes long with no interval and contains strong language and reference to violence.
Recommended for ages 14+. Both venues have ground floor access, so do not have steps. If you have any specific access questions, please email producer Rosie on firstname.lastname@example.org
BSL Interpreted Performances: Wednesday 5 October, 7.30pm, Bradford City Centre & Saturday 22 October, 2pm Keighley Town Centre.