The Rebel Cell (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Rap is the language of rebellion in Babasword Productions’ dystopian futuristic England. The central dichotomy – change from within the system versus rebellion against the system – is essentially a very simple one, which is dissected down to molecular level halfway through this 70-minute rap battle. Occasional descents into un-theatrical ‘lecture rap’ are easily excused by Babasword’s extraordinary freestyle poetry.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 5.40pm, £5–£8 (£6–£7).

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