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A new series of short online dramas take inspiration from the novel A Rage in Harlem. Laura Barnett meets the writers – including hip-hop star Akala and playwright Bola Agbaje – bringing black Britain to life

A man paces up and down his prison cell, recalling the act of revenge that put him there. In a Middlesbrough shopping centre, two brothers fence goods to buy medicine for their ailing mother.

These are some of the stories told by 10by10, a remarkable new project combining theatre and film. Commissioned and directed by Dawn Walton, whose Sheffield-based Eclipse Theatre is one of the UK's foremost black-led theatre companies, the project consists of 10 short films written by and starring some of Britain's brightest young playwrights and actors.

The stolen stuff being sold in Middlesbrough is perfume, which gives its name to the film by Ishy Din; Din grew up there and worked as a taxi »

- Laura Barnett

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