From: Tuesday, 16th October 2001
To: Saturday, 17 November 2001
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A preacher, heckler and soapbox philosopher debate life and religion. A busker sings the Brixton National album, complete with gunshots and police sirens. Triple-Johni the murderer serves his three life sentences. Ossie, our storyteller, tries to cope with the loss of his wife while his daughter tries to cope with losing her father. Brixton is the chaotic, enchanting, energetic setting for one man's life.
24 October 2001
Biyi Bandele's Brixon Stories was first seen at the Barbican Pit last year as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's This Other Eden project, in which contemporary artists were asked to provide their own dramatic responses to Shakespeare's history plays. It now makes a fitting revival at the Tricycle Theatre as part of the annual Black History Month.
Bandele, the Nigerian-born, Brixton-based writer, invents his own little bit of urban history and legend to tell a story that has the play subtitled "The Short and Happy Life of Ossie Jones".
The short and happy play that has resulted sees Bandele drawing its characters from the unique energy of those now trendy South London streets, to make the play what the author himself refers to as "an instinctive celebration of Brixton". But it is also a celebration of Bandele's own imagination, and the power of theatre, at its simplest and most stripped back, to tell a story.
Employing just two endlessly v...
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