Akala: The Dark LadyFri 3 Sep, 8am
Available on demand from 8am, 3 Sep to midnight, 15 Sep
The Dark Lady by author and hip-hop artist Akala tells the magic-laced adventure of teen orphan and thief, Henry, who makes his way through Shakespearean London’s toughest slum. Taking you to a time when boys like Henry relied on their wits and secret powers to survive, Akala tackles themes of identity and inequality familiar to readers of his bestselling book Natives. Join journalist and ABC RN’s Stop Everything! co-host Beverley Wang as she speaks with an author described by The Guardian as ‘the kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching’.
Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. With an extensive global touring history, Akala has appeared at numerous festivals both in the UK and internationally, and has led innovative projects in the arts, education and music across South East Asia, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Akala has also appeared on NPR, PBS, MTV, BET, Channel 4, ITV, Sky Arts and the BBC.
Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster, speaker and co-host of Stop Everything! on Radio National. Before that, she created and hosted the podcast It’s Not A Race and was the Executive Producer of RN Drive. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she’s been based in Melbourne since 2009.