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SLAP presents
Performed and written by Jamal Gerald
As part of York Festival of Ideas
Tickets are FREE but please book a place. 


Jamal used to be dogmatic. Well, he still slightly is. But now he is more open to hearing different opinions. Exploring free speech, Facebook debates, police brutality, privilege and self-reflection, DOGMATIC focuses on what happened when Jamal became more aware of racial inequality and how he allowed this to consume him.

A combination of storytelling, performance lecture, audience discussion and protest, DOGMATIC, presented by SLAP, examines the concept that all views should be expressed and challenged and asks: is no idea above scrutiny?

A Theatre in the Mill commission, DOGMATIC is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England with further support from Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, Cast, Live Art Bistro, Home Live Art and Live Art UK through Diverse Actions.

Suitable for ages 16+.

About the artist:

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. Jamal started off his career with Leeds Young Authors, a creative writing and performance group for the ages of 13-19. His work has been shown at SPILL Festival of Performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Homotopia, Queer Contact and Battersea Arts Centre.


SLAP was dreamt up, formed and spawned by a group of artists who wanted to bring exceptional performances to the city of York. SLAP generates opportunities for like-minded artists who probe and produce raw grass-roots performance work. It is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It receives further support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Yorkshire Dance as part of the Artists Curating Dance Programme, York St John University, York Theatre Royal and York Dance Space.

Earlier Event: April 27
Later Event: July 22