Up North is a hip-hop musical by Jonny Wright, a fresh, funny and pertinent journey through friendship, the North/South divide, and black identity against the backdrop of the Capital’s challenging music industry. It tells the story of a group of friends in a struggling rap group in Yorkshire who quit their day jobs and move to London to give music one last try. When a record label offers some of them a chance in a lifetime, their friendship is truly tested.
The play explores Black British male identity in modern music and wider society. In its portrayal of the hip hop music industry ‘warts and all’ it opens up potent areas for debate about identity and representation.