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We’re excited about... Bashy performing in “Markus the Sadist”

“A rap opera”

Various venues 1 - 31 October 2010 Returning 17-20 May - Buy tickets


Interview by Dave “The Flave” Barros

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Jonzi D Productions return with another hip hop theatre production that preaches the all-important message of not selling out in hip hop.

Bashy in Markus the Sadist


Markus Wright is a talented 19 year old emcee with ambition and character who gets signed to a record label. He's promised wealth and fame... provided he accepts the conditions on his contract and complies to a generic stereotype: to shout out his sponsors, have a gang affiliation, and sound American.


Directed by Jonzi D, the leading figure in British hip hop theatre, it's sure to provoke a reaction considering the perceived glamour of the music industry. Musical direction is courtesy of MOBO Award winner Soweto Kinch, who will debut brand new music for the production. The role of Markus is played by Most Inspiring Act at the 2008 Urban Music Awards, Bashy.


Markus the Sadist is a play about realness, the watering down of rappers going mainstream, and a sideways look the the music industry in general. From attending other Jonzi D produced shows (Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Surgery) we can assume it will be humorous and intelligent - and something fans of hip hop theatre won’t want to miss.


To find out more about the play and his role as Markus, we interviewed Bashy - asked him about his career in comparison to his character, then grilled him on how he went from a Brit Performing Arts graduate to a bus driver...


Flave: Tell us a little bit about the play

Bashy: Markus the Sadist the play, it's a breathtaking piece. My character is a 19 year old rapper who's going through what any 19 year old goes through with trying to make that transition from a teenager to an adult, and the sort of decisions that you have to make. It's sort of like having a devil and an angel on your shoulder and it's what he decides to do really starts to shape of his future, and then it's how he deals with those decisions afterwards. It's an amazing piece... It actually applies to what I suppose has happened to hip hop music, and what tends to happen with when big corporate companies get interested in something and kind of exploit it, really.


Markus the Sadist

Markus’ choice: Angel on one shoulder, devil on the other?


Flave: What about the character? Who is Markus, what have you brought to him, who is he if he were in the room right now?

Bashy: Markus is, you know, I think he's more like your average 19 year old, very high up on his technology, knows about his emails, comes from a Christian background, his mum's a heavy churchgoer and he loves music, and he actually just wants to do him, be himself, and I think any 19 year old wants that growing up. The reason why I enjoy playing the role so much is that it's like there's bits of the elements of his career that are similar to mine, so that's what I find interesting.


Flave: Comparing your career to what Markus has to do in the play, what would you do if you had to make those sacrifices?

Bashy: I think that I've got a better understanding of the world and business, so certain decisions that he made I wouldn't actually be doing. So, you have to see the play because I don't want to let off too many secrets about it. You need to see the transition, you have to see Markus in his transformation and how he changes from a normal emcee to something really different.


Flave: Who wrote the script?

Bashy: Jonzi came up with the concept. We, the cast helped develop it with him. And it was developed by Delroy Limbo as well.


Flave: How did you get approached for the role? Did Jonzi come to you?

Bashy: The producer that I work with said this role was up for grabs and he told Jonzi about me. I came down and auditioned along with loads of other rappers and actors

and from there is how I got the role, I went to

the audition it was just nuts.


Flave: You went to Brit Performing Arts. How did you end up as a bus driver?

Bashy: Ah man I got asked earlier today! I dunno, I think I was disillusioned really and I thought that I went to this school and I'm super talented and I could just come out and... get me? And something's gonna work for me, but I'm just tired. But obviously sometimes you need more things than just the talent, ya get me?


Flave: What about like when you left Brit, if you could do it again what advice would you give to yourself if you could go back?

Bashy: I would have just been more on it, you know, just like running around, when you're young doing as much as you can possibly do, you know what I'm saying? I think that alot. I think that certain people realised I was talented but I was just trying to rely on that like someone was gonna discover me, but not really putting myself out there and making myself fully accessible and making people fully aware of me.


Flave: After Markus, what do you reckon's next?

Bashy: Well I got a main role in a film called "Shank," that comes out in May, then I got another album to come.


Flave: Can you spill anything on "Shank" yet?

Bashy: It comes out on Revolver Entertainment, that's all I can say.


Flave: That's all you can say? We'll be following that up, you know.

Bashy: Hahaha


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Like this interview? Why not check out these related features on TooMuchFlavour:

Jonzi D's Hip Hop Surgery         

Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Surgery review // Jonzi’s Breakin Convention Diary

Markus the Sadist poster

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Markus the Sadist tour dates and venues:

1st and 2nd

NORTH FINCHLEY artsdepot, 8pm




NOTTINGHAM Playhouse, 8pm


MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, 7.30pm


MALVERN Theatres, 7.30pm

16th - 17th

MANCHESTER Contact Theatre, 8pm


LONDON Bloomsbury Theatre, 8pm

22nd - 24th

BIRMINGHAM The Drum, 7.30pm

26th - 27th

LEEDS West Yorkshire Playhouse, 7.45pm

30th - 31st

IPSWICH New Wolsey Theatre, 7.45pm


Also check out

Jonzi D Productions

Markus the Sadist site