A Black man talking expressively at the top of the stairs in a new estate, black and white filter Photo © Xanthus – K.JCaptures

Housemates Returns: Before I Go

15 July-27 July

Follow Ajani, a young boy who tragically dies and gets stuck in limbo and forced to undergo overcoming and acceptance in order to be revived into the living world.

Brixton House, in association with Trybe House Theatre present


Written by Tobi King Bakare (previously part of Housemates Festival 2023)


A collective noun for a bunch of boys or men, particularly your own group of mates.

Ajani can talk. He can host parties, talk to girls, charm any living being. However, he finds it hard to express himself to the people he cares about the most. When he dies and gets stuck in Limbo, he is given an ultimatum: “Learn how to ‘properly’ communicate or remain here forever”. Ajani takes on the quest and embarks on a poetic journey of discovery, unlearning and healing.

‘Rhythm and flow’

Before I Go runs with a live drummer who acts as the pulse. When expressing himself, Ajani jumps in between verse and prose electrifying the ethereal space.

In Ajani’s reflection, he teaches us not be afraid to express ourselves even with the many barriers we may face.

Focusing on being black, male and working class.

Although Before I Go shares a universal message, Before I Go is for the Mandem.

Photo © Xanthus – K.JCaptures


Tickets: £22, £18, £16 balcony, £16 previews
Recommended age: 14+ Content warnings: Death, mentions of Violence. Production warnings: Flashing Lights, Haze, Explosion, Loud Music.
Duration: 1 hours
Mon 15 Jul 7:30pm
Tue 16 Jul 7:30pm
Wed 17 Jul 7:30pm
Press Night
Thu 18 Jul 7:30pm
Fri 19 Jul 7:30pm
Sat 20 Jul 2:30pm
Sat 20 Jul 7:30pm
Mon 22 Jul 7:30pm
Tue 23 Jul 7:30pm
Wed 24 Jul 7:30pm
Thu 25 Jul 7:30pm
Fri 26 Jul 7:30pm
Sat 27 Jul 2:30pm
Sat 27 Jul 7:30pm