‘Not even a lion rejects her cubs. I have to know why she done it.’
Brenton Brown has never known his parents. A brutal feud with the killer Terry Flynn has scarred him for life. As a care leaver living in a hostel he craves the support of a family. But when he meets his mother and his beautiful half-sister, his life changes forever. Reggae and soul music suffuse the fabric of the story and the rumblings of the Brixton riots threaten to burst.
The Big House stages high profile productions with young people who have been in care. This award winning company is back with an exploration of Brixton Rock - the debut novel of care leaver Alex Wheatle MBE, winner of 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize.
Directed by Ned Bennett, winner of UK Theatre Award for Best Director 2015.
Choreographer Ivan Blackstock Designer Jacob Lucy Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne Sound Design Ed Clarke Songs John Blood Composer Theo Vidgen
“Visceral storytelling. Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast. A stirring opening statement from this exciting new theatre group.” Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem)
“I’ve seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged.” Michael Coveney
“They were funny and incredibly moving. And at the end , the audience stood up and gave them a well deserved ovation. Because they were that good. Go see it.” Sir Lenny Henry CBE
“Within all of us there is a poem, within all of us there is a painting, within all of us there is a novel, within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world. And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out. It’s wonderful. I loved every minute of it.” Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party