Michael X - 2009

by Vanessa Walters

Michael X is a play charting the life of the controversial black power activist Michael de Freitas. He went from being a pimp and drug dealer in London’s Ladbroke Grove, to disciple of Malcolm X following a chance meeting. As well as living a chequered and flamboyant life, Michael’s death is also shrouded in controversy, after leaving London and fleeing to Trinidad, he was hung for murder. This compelling monologue will be performed by stage and screen star Clint Dyer, whose recent works includes Big White Fog, Almeida Theatre and ITV’s Trial and Retribution.

The play is written by Vanessa Walters as a result of a year-long project called Between the Lines in association with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Vanessa Walters is an author and journalist, whose novels include Rude Girls and Best Things in Life. Her most recent publication is Smoke Othello, a creative collection inspired by the black history of West London.

Performance dates

Michael X was first produced at
The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY,
on the 6, 10, 13, 17, 24 & 27 November 2008.


Michael X - Clint Dyer

Creative team

Director - Dawn Walton
Designer - Simon Kenny