Scottsboro Boys

scottsboro boys

If you didn’t get yourself down to the Young Vic this autumn to see the Scottsboro Boys you really missed out.  A sell out it really was a must see.

The Scottsboro Boys is based on the true story of 9 black teenagers who were wrongly arrested and charged on a false allegation of rape.  Sadly, 1930s Alabama did not provide the backdrop for a fair trial or indeed a happy outcome.

Opening with a minstrel show the performance mixed song, dance and powerful (and moving) acting into what was a totally unexpected play.  I did not know the story of the Scottsboro Boys at all so was shocked at the miscarriage of justice that was unfolding on the stage.  Such a serious topic was dealt with using emotion and humour.  It was easy to go from a giggle to shock in one scene.

Surprisingly, the Scottsboro Boys opened and closed very swiftly in New York.  Such a shame as this show was brilliant.  If it tours anywhere near you – go see it!

Read reviews: Telegraph, Guardian

Sarah Southern