Brixton is one of those parts of London that doesn't get tired with re-telling. Most Londoners have a story to tell about the place - getting drunk there, getting mugged there, getting high there, getting lost there, getting stuck there... Eclectic, electric and eccentric, the area is bursting at the seams with stories but if you fancy seeing a bit of Brixton but can't bring yourself to actually go there, head West instead of South for Brixton Stories.
Brixton Stories is the hit stage show all about this equally loved and hated part of town; it just about captures the energy and history of the place and opens at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith next week for a short run. Brixton Stories was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Tricycle Theatre in 2001, and comes back to London in September in a completely new version directed by the writer, Biyi Bandele.
Bandele is a Nigerian-born and Brixton-bred award-winning playwright and his Brixton Stories, produced by Mama Put Productions, is a high-energy sprint through the many characters and tales of Brixton - the drugs and guns, the clubs and bars, the artistic and creative types who come to the area for the "edginess" and stay for the still-quite-reasonable property prices, the bustling market that seems to be directly transplanted from the West Indies each weekend are all somehow squashed into 75 minutes and all parts are played by just four actors. I
Brixton Stories at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 5-23 September. For more information and to book tickets, go to the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith website here.