It's Like He's Knocking


Available for touring 2017 onwards

Set in the intimacy of a bed-sit, It's Like He's Knocking incorporates intimate storytelling, dance-theatre and Afro-Brazilian percussion.

Exploring ancestry, ritual, migration, mourning and coincidence, Leo weaves an enthralling and hard-hitting narrative, connecting fragments from the lives of three generations of men in his family.

Bet on some cards, drink a toast to loved ones and close your eyes and remember your past; as Leo’s story unfolds, so in turn does your own.

Following the death of his father Leo created It’s Like He’s Knocking in recognition of the difficult relationship western culture has with death and mourning. The performance is an attempt to both mourn his passing and celebrate what he left behind.

The original performance – designed for a small bed-sit space for an audience of 10-15 people – toured across the UK in 2011. More recently it has been adapted for audiences of 50, in a promenade setting - it is now available for performance in both formats.

The show was developed with support from South Street Arts Centre, Redbridge Drama Centre and Arts Council England.

Creative Team

Creation and Performance 
Leo Kay
Musical Composition
Pedro Lima De Oliveira (from an original composition by Mestre Messias)
Musical Participation 
Mestre Carlão (Carlo Alexandre Teixeira) / Pedro Lima De Oliveira
Accordion Arrangement
Martina Schwarz
Phil MacKenzie
Script Consultant 
Polar Bear

"A fascinating, intimate and brilliantly transparent mix of world music, dance-theatre and storytelling."

[ John-Paul Holden, The List **** ]
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