Brixton House in south London has unveiled its autumn programme, from site-specific promenade theatre created by local artists to a new take on Alice in Wonderland.
Acclaimed director and actor Rebekah Murrell will direct Knock Down, a weekend of promenade theatre in partnership with all-female-led theatre company Dropped Tea from 7 to 9 October 2022.
It will feature pieces by five artists raised in Brixton, including award-winning actor Michael Balogun, Crongton Knights’ author Alex Wheatle, Thea Gajic, Sola Okulode and Jennelle Reece-Gardner.
The autumn season will also see the return of Things I Can Laugh About Now, written and performed by Shakira Newton, running from 1 to 11 November, in association with Piece of Cake Produtions.
Directed by Carlo (Lo) Feliciani Ojeda, it is a funny and moving coming-of-age story of self-discovery, which originally ran with sold-out performances in Brixton House’s Housemates Festival in April.
For Christmas, Brixton House is joining forces with theatre company Poltergeist for an inventive re-telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, weaving rap music together with the sights and sounds of Brixton.
Directed by Jack Bradfield, Alice in Wonderland sees 11-year-old Alice trapped on a Tube train speeding into Nonsense, surrounded by weird and wonderful passengers. It will run from 1 to 31 December.
The autumn programme also includes the premiere of Black Corporeal (Breathing by Numbers), a film by visual artist and poet Julianknxx, commissioned by Brixton House.
It highlights air pollution and how working-class people are often forced live in areas with poor environmental standards. It will be screened from 5 to 7 October, with a live performance by Julianknxx on 5 October.
London’s international dance festival Dance Umbrella will present Change Tempo, a triple bill of international artists in partnership with Brixton House, exploring themes of transformation, transmission and representation.
The three solo pieces will be Calixto Neto’s O Samba do Crioulo Doido, Joy Alpuerto Ritter’s Babae, and Linda Hayford’s Shapeshifting. They will be staged on 12 and 13 October.
Brixton House’s artistic director and joint CEO, Gbolahan Obisesan, said: “Our house opens its doors to a multitude of brilliant artists exploring an awakening. These pieces of work interrogate identity, resilience, mortality and the pursuit of liberation.
“Our communities are still in the process of healing, and having them in our building as part of their journey has been invigorating as we continue to look to programme work and artists that resonate with their concerns and experiences.
“Our building continues to strive to be a safe space for our intergenerational international communities and offer quality cultural encounters for everyone.”
Brixton House, formerly known as Ovalhouse, opened in Coldharbour Lane in Brixton in April this year. Tickets at brixtonhouse.co.uk.