Brixton House defends new work

New works, new stories and new forms of storytelling that speak to our communities and intergenerational audiences

Brixton House will hand over the keys to eight London artists for two weeks to perform and reinvent the theatrical space as a world apart.

The first Housemates Festival, the first to be held at Brixton House since moving into its new state-of-the-art purpose-built home in the heart of Brixton in February this year, runs from April 21 to May 6.

The event reflects the venue’s commitment to working with new independent artists and was created to highlight their work and celebrate the stories that have grown over the past two years.

The multi-arts lineup will be an explosion of live experimental theatre, comedy, spoken word and dance. Themes explored include the journeys of self-discovery in Winnie Arhin’s dramas in Big Girl Words and also in Shakira Newton’s Things I Can Laugh About Now; Dance mixed with lyrics and music creates a powerful alchemy in Sonny Nwachukwu’s chorepoem Saturn Returns and Caitlin Barnett’s Comrades in the Dark; British Comedy Guide Pro Performance Awards 2021 finalist, Suchandrika Chakrabarti’s I Miss Amy Winehouse bets on nostalgia and parties hard; Queer identity and belonging feature in Carly Fernandez’s semi-autobiographical Concha; and Cheryl May Ndione’s For The Love Of A Primary Caregiver looks at a toxic bond between a mother and her daughter. Closing the festival is Corey Bovell’s Chicken Burger N Chips. More than just an ode to Morely, Bovell’s witty story is about gentrification and its impact on the lives of its young people in south London. Directed by Resident Director of the Almeida Theater, TD Moyo.

Artistic Director and Co-CEO Gbolahan Obisesan comments: “The Housemates festival grew out of our open Housecall. Many artists had worked before or during the pandemic and were keen to find a home for their efforts and stories to be seen and appreciated. A number of these artists have been chosen and curated for this inaugural event in honor of our wider artistic communities sharing distinctive experiences that we believe will speak to Brixton House audiences.

We have high hopes for the journey that these pieces will continue and hopefully among them will return titles in our program. We hope the festival will grow beyond our building in the future as a Brixton-wide showcase for ambitious emerging artists with new work, new stories and new forms of storytelling that speak to our communities and to cross-generational audiences for years and reveal a new canon of Brixton House. “

For the full line-up go to: https://brixtonhouse.co.uk/housemates-festival

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