Black and Blue Matters

Track 1: No One Gives a F**k About a Cop

This live one-night-only presentation will take place at

Vinet Park (550 Rue Vinet, Montréal)

Wednesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 29

8PM, 8:45PM, 9:30PM

Black Theatre Workshop has been invited by the National Arts Centre to participate in Grand Acts of Theatre, a nationwide initiative celebrating live performance.

Black and Blue Matters – Track 1: No One Gives a F**k About A Cop is a rap battle between Sammir Frederique, a Black teenager who was shot nine times by a police officer, and David Harrison, the white police officer who shot him. This live installation performance is only but a taste from BTW’s upcoming production of Black and Blue Matters, a satirical, interactive Hip Hop musical written by Omari Newton and directed by Diane Roberts, that deconstructs the justice system, truth, white supremacy, and the nature of post/neo-colonial trauma. It’s one of the featured tracks in Black and Blue Matters, a new play that Omari Newton wrote as a companion piece to his play Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of, which Black Theatre Workshop first premiered in 2013.

Please join us prior to the performance to hear a short introduction from our special guest speakers, Marlihan Lopez and Rito Joseph, who will discuss the impact of the realities of systemic racism and police violence on Black communities.


See the teasers below (WARNING: Strong Language)

a Black Theatre Workshop Production
Presented by
National Arts Centre English Theatre’s
Grand Acts of Theatre
Marking this Moment

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online. For more information on Grand Acts of Theatre and the companies involved please visit

The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to thank RBC Foundation as Presenting Partner of Grand Acts of Theatre.
Grand Acts of Theatre is also made possible thanks to the support from The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre at the National Arts Centre Foundation, established as a result of a generous gift from the estate of Jenepher Margaret Hooper.


Vinet Park (550 Rue Vinet, Montréal, QC H3J 2L5)

Black Theatre Workshop takes all of Quebec’s safety measures seriously.

This presentation has a maximum capacity of 250 guests.

Due to safety issues guests will be instructed to wear masks at all times, and keep a minimum 2.5m distance.


Show Time: JULY 28-29, 2021 (8PM, 8:45PM, 9:30PM)

Black and Blue Matters – Track 1: No One Gives a F**k About A Cop 

a performance event created by Diane Roberts, Omari Newton, Troy Slocum, Alexandra “Spicey” Lande, Nalo Soyini Bruce, Tim Rodrigues, George Allister & Patrick Boivin (VideoCompany), Lydie Dubuisson. 

Performed by: Jaleesa Coligny, Justin Johnson, Troy Slocum.

Featuring Nindy Banks, Godfather D, and the voice of Tali Taliwah 

With production support by: Rob DentonTristynn DuhemeTanner HarveyHannah KirbyCourtney Moses OrbinDanielle Skene.

Black Theatre Workshop wishes to thank the National Arts Centre for sponsoring “Black and Blue Matters”, made possible through the Grand Acts of Theatre.

Justin Johnson

Plays Sammir Frederique

Justin Johnson or Just J., a Montreal based performer of Jamaican and Canadian descent. A regular on the Quebec theatre scene and a frequent collaborator with Black Theatre Workshop’s many programs, readings, workshops and shows. With a background in acting, directing, singing and dancing, multi-disciplinary powerhouse Just J. is also venturing into a journey of music making. At an early age, he lost his father to the tragedy that is police brutality. The weight of the lost opportunity of having his father has impacted his creative process and approach to life, but he has worked to turn pain into positivity as he uses his art as a tool to heal, explore and spread joy. Having studied theatre at Dawson College in Montreal, and working closely with Montreal’s illustrious Black Theatre Workshop through their Artist Mentorship Program, Justin fell in love with the process of charming audiences and making people smile.

Jaleesa Coligny

Plays Dancer

Jaleesa ‘Tea Leaf’ Coligny has had rigorous training in urban dance – 10 years in Hip hop and 3 years in Krump – which she received from several pioneers of the Montreal and New York dance scene. She continues to deepen her knowledge by keeping an eye on Hip Hop culture. She has been deeply inspired by all aspects of the culture from a very young age, and more particularly with its sub-genres. Jaleesa consistently seeks to develop her Hip-Hop dance vocabulary and understanding. She continuously shares her love for Hip Hop in both freestyle and stage performances. She was the newest member to join Ebnflōh Dance Company in 2018.

Troy Slocum

Plays David

Troy Slocum is a sound designer, audio artist, and electronic music composer. His work has been heard in film, television, live performance and installations in galleries and venues throughout Canada and beyond. Recent credits include the sound design and original music for: The Lamentable Tragedy of Sal Capone at the National Arts Centre; the inaugural NAC Indigenous Theatre production of Marie Clement’s The Unnatural and Accidental Women; the National Film Board documentary, The Road Forward, and the documentary series, Looking at Edward Curtis, for the Knowledge Network, both of which were directed by Marie Clements. He is also scoring and designing the sound for the new CBC horror-comedy web series, The Bannocking, created and produced by Damien Eagle Bear. He is also designing the sound for the feature length documentary Grey Roads directed by Jesse McCracken, premiering this Spring at HOTDOCS 2021. His work can also be heard in the documentary feature, That Higher Level, and in True North – The Rise of Toronto Basketball, also produced by the NFB. He has been nominated for a Soirée Des Masques Award for Best Sound Design, several Mecca and META Awards, and won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design for The Pipeline Project from ITSAZOO/ SavageSociety Theatre. Troy also mentors students in the Production Design & Technical Arts Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. 

Nalo Soyini Bruce

Sets & Costume Design

Nalo Soyini Bruce is a Montreal-based artist, set, costume and prop designer of Caribbean origin. Her designs evoke rich associations through vibrant colour relationships, textured surfaces and varied materials. She uses this vocabulary to express underlying historical, cultural and psychological dimensions of stories enacted on screen and stage. Since she emerged from the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program’s 2017-2018 ensemble, Nalo has worked with numerous theatre companies that include Black Theatre Workshop, Geordie Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille on productions that explore themes of cultural identity, tolerance, acceptance, and hopeful futures. Recent projects include Simone Half and Half, directed by Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre Workshop’s Black History Month school tour presentation, February 2020); The Negroes are Congregating, directed by Natasha Adiyana Morris(A Piece of Mine Arts & Theatre Passe Muraille co-production, March 2020); Da Kink in my Hair, directed by Ray Hogg(An Arts Club Theatre Company production, April 2020 opening cancelled due to Covid-19).

Tim Rodrigues

Lighting Designer

A former dancer/choreographer turned lighting designer, Tim Rodrigues has worked with an array of companies on creation-based projects and international tours. A graduate of the Contemporary Dance Department at Concordia University and the Production Design & Technical Arts Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, he is an active collaborator in both the dance and theatre communities. Notable lighting designs include: 1976 (choreographed by Dana Michel); Reaching for Starlight (Dir. Mike Payette) for Geordie Theatre; Dreary and Izzy (Dir. Mario Crudo) and The River (Dir. Thom Currie) for Magnus Theatre; Marjorie Prime for The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Dir. Lisa Rubin), which earned him a META Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design, and How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Dir. Tamara Brown) for Black Theatre Workshop, which earned him a 2019 META Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design. In November of 2020 he was announced as a Resident Designer with Montréal’s Black Theatre Workshop. In addition to his designs, he proudly serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for MainLine Theatre. 

Danielle Skene

Stage Manager

Danielle is so pleased to return to the BTW family. Earlier this year she stage managed Sanctuary by Lydie Dubuisson for the Discovery Series. Other BTW credits include, Rendez-Vous with Home, Bluenose, She Said, He Said, Binti’s Journey, Gas Girls, and Harlem Duet. Other theatre credits include Porte Parole (The Assembly/L’Assemblée), Geordie Theatre (Virginia Wolf, Reaching for Starlight, Around the World in 80 Days), Centaur Theatre Company (Paradise Lost, The Last Wife, Motherhouse, The St. Leonard Chronicles, The Envelope) as well as the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Times, They are A Changin’, Same Time, Next Year, Waiting for the Barbarians, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Forever Plaid, Tribes).




Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s longest running Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists. Black Theatre Workshop is an award-winning English-speaking theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec.