Its very title would have conjured up then, as it does now, the unnecessary death of a man in custody or at the hands of the police. Although in the play there is the death of Shakie (Nickcolia King-N'da)'s father, a jazz musician in Manchester, the title The Death of a Black Man may be a metaphor.
The first long speech is the schoolboys' perpetual source of humour: carboard ripping and toxic smelling flatulence. Banza, attributing this to his bean laden diet, recalls how his teacher led an investigation into the culprit. With small primary school boys and a good sense of the ridiculous, she held them aloft to nasally detect the waft of lingering aroma.
Michael Balogan shows a terrific range, a bravura performance and his alienation is a real cause for sadness. You feel in this play the disappointing human experience that has gone in to writing, directing and acting in it.