High Rise eState Of Mind

9th December 2021

By Beats and Elements

Event Details

We all need homes……..
it needs to be fair
We all need safe, clean homes
it needs to be fair
We all need to be housed

A stunning new show from the makers of No Milk For FoxesDenMarked and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Frankenstein exposing young people’s fears of where they will live, will they ever afford to live somewhere clean and safe, and is a home just a modern day pipe dream for many? Is it a fair race or is the system fundamentally f****d?

With banging tunes, humour and wisdom, High Rise eState of Mind tells difficult to swallow truths through a dystopian lens, using grime, beat boxing, hip hop, live looping and MCing. It’s a fast paced, urban story about class and housing, frustrations, inequalities and the pointlessness of it all at times.


‘A gritty and realistic take on the housing crisis and how it affects us all, all told through song, spoken word and beatboxing.’ ★★ ★ ★ – Everything Theatre

‘Banging tunes, amazing performances, and important stories that need to be heard. I loved it. Do NOT miss it.’ ★★★★★ – Stage Door

‘In the best tradition of storytelling and community-building, this is a true feast of talent, candour, humour, wisdom, imagination, empathy. You will leave the theatre both touched and elevated.’  – Theatre Times


Warning: This show contains flashing lights.



This show features Performer/Beatboxer Conrad Murray, spoken word author Paul Cree, Rapper Gambit Ace, and spoken word artist Lakeisha Lynch Steven (AKA grime MC Lady KI KI.)

Conrad is the Artistic Director of the BAC Beatbox Academy, which is Battersea Arts Centre’s home-grown young collective. They recently sold out at Edinburgh Fringe, at the Traverse, and were the number high rated show of the fringe.

They have performed all over the country from Latitude Festival to The Royal Festival Hall and have appeared on Gareth Malone’s The Choir. Current members are ranked within the top 10 beat boxers in the UK.


Conrad Murray is an artist, performer, beatboxer and rapper from Mitcham, South West London. He is a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher, the artistic director of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy, co-artistic director of the hip hop theatre company Beats and Elements and associate artist at BAC. His shows include No Milk for the Foxes (Camden People’s Theatre 2015); DenMarked (BAC 2016); Frankenstein (BAC 2018); High Rise eState of Mind (BAC/CPT 2019). He is currently musical director and composer on Crongton Knights (Pilot Theatre), director on Pied Piper: Silent City (BAC), and composer and musical director for Mrs Noah (Headlong); he also worked with the BBC on a screen adaptation of Frankenstein, screened on BBC4 in March 2020. He was awarded the Off Westend and Total Theatre Awards for Frankenstein.


This show is part of our Digital Programme supported by Kent County Council.

Date: 09/12/2021 to 09/12/2021
Suitable for:Age: 12+
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