London Urban Collective Readies Debut of ‘Purgatory’ Hipopera

By Allen Starbury  |  05/26/2010

London Urban Collective PurgatoryThe London Urban Collective is gearing up for the debut of Purgatory, the sequel musical to the award winning Hipopera film Inferno (which won Best Narrative Short at the Chicago International Hip Hop Film Festival in 2009).

The hip-hop play is set to debut at The Pleasance Theatre in London on June, 3rd, 4th and June 5th.

Purgatory is a London based project inspired by Dante's Divine Comedies, a poem written by the Italian poet of the Middle Ages between 1308 and 1321. It is also the second in the series of performances featuring Urban Collective members.

"London Urban Collective is such a unique and exciting project and it has been inspiring to see how talented and determined the Collective are to bring this epic and powerful story to life through their own words and experiences. We're delighted to be supporting Urban Collective and showcasing Purgatory," says Anthony Alderson of the Pleasance Theatre.

Each member of the 30 strong cast, selected from open auditions, has written the dialogue to the film, using entirely original material, with their own rap, verse and song.

The two lead actors from Inferno (James Pyke playing Dante and Covo playing Virgil) have reprised their roles but all the remaining cast are new members.

Tickets for the show are £6 from The Pleasance Box Office on 020 7609 1800, and/or

For info on the previous hip-operas or the London Urban Collective itself, visit

The London Urban Collective is an "acclaimed youth music project that turns inner city kids into rising stars of the British music industry", says their website.

Below are a couple preview clips:

"Purgatory": clip from Gluttony scene

"Purgatory": clip from Virgil's monologue

"Purgatory": clip from Lady Fame scene