(Writer / Performer)
One-man show playing over 40 characters that received 5* reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and toured to over 80 Rural & Studio venues, with an accompanying online digital animation promo video series.
Countryboy’s Struggle is a unique show which uses an exciting Hip Hop aesthetic to tell a very delicate, tender and honest story of one man’s search for a sense of belonging in a foreign environment.
Inspired by Maxwell Golden’s time spent growing up in the coastal community of Bude – its a story about living in a rural area and wanting to make urban music, then moving to the city and finding it’s not what you expect – especially when your heart and soul is on the beaches and with the community you grew up in.
CountryBoy’s Struggle integrates music, poetry, MCing, as well as physical comedy to reflect both rural and urban environments. This one-man show perfectly captures how it feels to grow up with a sense of isolation – a ‘fish out of water’ story – which is full of humanity, pathos and warm wit.
Directed by Baba Israel and produced by Contact Theatre in conjunction with Beaford Arts and Take Art. Received Arts Council / BBC funding for The Space in 2012.
PRESS REVIEWS & AUDIENCE FEEDBACK
“abundant talent, integrity and wisdom” ***** 5 stars (Remote Goat)
“a vibrant, original piece, mixing physical theatre with beats and spoken-word bombastics. The best of Golden’s rapped monologues approach pure poetry” (The Telegraph)
“Maxwell Golden’s mesmeric and unforgettable performance make this a must-see show” (Crysse Blog)
“Maxwell Golden delivers a searing beat monologue to music … An excellent piece that does a lot with a little.” **** (British Theatre Guide)
The atmosphere was electric and his comedic timing and off the cuff rapping had me captivated (Young Promoters)
“fresh and creative” (Wiltshire Times)
NOISE GENERATION RADIO INTERVIEW
REFLECTIONS ON COUNTRYBOY’S STRUGGLE