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Brixton – A Changing Face

28 August

Brixton – a changing face. It’s good, it’s bad.

I was born in South London, Battersea started out school in Soho but we later moved to Kent (slightly different, less red lights). I returned to London after uni and lived all around finally ending up back in South London, Brixton. It’s felt like home but recently all changing. The first time I’ve lived somewhere and felt heart broken as my favourite places disappear. However, before I got here, it was further different still…

My next theatre project is only about BRIXTON. About the homes being destroyed, people who can’t afford their rent, family businesses shutting down. New beginnings, changing face. A safer place? Listening to these stories of people who have lived in Brixton for most of their lives goes right to the core of home, community, belonging somewhere. One person I recently met in my local coffee shop has lived in Brixton for 30 years, his whole life. He said it’s good and it’s bad. His mum has sold their family home in Brixton and bought a new place in Croydon and also a family home in Ghana. They are happy, the value of their Brixton home tripled.

Like most London communities, Brixton is a constantly changing face. Using verbatim theatre, the Changing Face Collective is presenting voices and capturing real lives letting us know what is going on NOW in Brixton town.

Life is change. Flow with it or get blocked! We don’t have to be attached to physical places or things. We can create “home” in our heads and hearts, with friends and family. For Brixton, the struggle is very present and on-going. I can see the conflicting view points. It’s good to be part of actively capturing the present – thank God for theatre. Creativity is life.

Come and find out more! Our Changing Face performances of “Where Will We Live?” by Elizabeth Winkler are on and at:

  • Location: Southwark Playhouse, 77-78 Newington Causeway, London
  • Dates: 25th to 28th November 2015
  • Time: 8pm
  • Matinee performance at 3.30pm on Saturday 28th November 2015

Tickets on sale here!

Ayesha Casely-Hayford - Changing Face Collective

Ayesha Casely-Hayford - Changing Face Collective

Ayesha Casely-Hayford

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