Knock Down

7 October-9 October

A weekend of performances through Brixton, celebrating & exploring the memories & stories of those who call the area home.

Presented by Dropped Tea Theatre in partnership with Brixton House

Description

Knock Down is a promenade, site specific production journeying along Brixton. A collaboration between local talent and local businesses to celebrate and explore the memories and stories of those who call Brixton home.

Five artists raised in Brixton will create short pieces exploring their relationship to the area they grew up in.

As the streets around us change and shift, we will focus on the voices of the communities who have existed here and take a deeper look into the lives shaped by South London.

This production is brought to you by female-led theatre company Dropped Tea, born and raised in South London formed by theatre makers Jesse Bateson, Nassy Konan and Eva Bradley-Williams.

Performances will take place at locations in and around Brixton including Lambeth Town Hall, Black Cultural Archives, Ritzy Picturehouse, Round Table Books and Brixton House Theatre with audiences travelling from venue to venue, taking in the local stories and spaces.

The Artists & Venues

Alex Wheatle at Lambeth Town Hall 

Alex Wheatle MBE is an award-winning author who won the Guardian Children’s Book aware in 2016 (for ‘Crongton Knights’). The fourth film in Steve McQueen’s highly acclaimed SMALL AXE series (entitled Alex Wheatle) which recently aired on BBC 1, is based on Alex’s life, his experience in care, his teenage years in Brixton and being jailed in the Brixton Uprising in 1981. Alex is the author of ‘Home Girl’, ‘Straight Outta Crongton‘, ‘Island Songs’, The Dirty South’, and many more critically acclaimed novels. Alex will be one of our commissioned writers. 

Lambeth Town Hall  

Built in 1908, Lambeth Town Hall is the HQ of the local council. Alex Wheatle will use their Edwardian circular landing space beneath the clock tower which overlooks the thriving high street for one of the pieces.


Sola Olulode at Black Cultural Archives 

Sola Olulode British-Nigerian artist who creates delicate portrayals of queer love through her figurative works. Influenced by Yoruba Adire textiles, Olulode renders intimate scenes of romance and Black womanhood. Her works are lively yet potent; we witness tender narratives unfold across the canvas. Olulode was featured in Artsy’s 2021 ‘Portrayals of Black Joy‘ campaign, which saw her work appear on public screens within the transit systems of several major U.S. cities. Sola will be one of our commissioned creatives. 

Black Cultural Archives 

​​Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the home of Black British History. Located in Windrush Square, BCA has a mission to collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK and to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities, and society. BCA will host Sola’s powerful pieces in their upstairs meeting room. 


Thea Gajić at the Ritzy Cinema 

Thea Gajić is an actress, writer and director born and raised in South London. Her first short film ‘Run’ was selected as BFI Postroom’s Pick of The Month, Short of The Week and won New Talent Award at BFI Future Film Fest. It also earned her a Sundance Ignite Fellowship. Her second short film ‘The Importance of Skin‘ premiered via Short of The Week and screened at BFI. Thea has gone on to make a handful of other short narrative work including her Film London funded ‘Eli‘ and after finishing iFeatures, is now developing her debut feature film ‘Surviving Earth’ with the BFI. 

Ritzy Cinema  

The legendary Ritzy Cinema is a popular and much-loved destination for film-lovers at the heart of a bright and bustling Brixton scene. The Ritzy’s Edwardian exterior and main auditorium remain intact and stand as an impressive example of early cinema architecture. The Ritzy will be hosting Thea’s of our pieces in their upstairs bar space.


Jennelle Reece-Gardner at Round Table Books 

Jennelle Reece-Gardner is a 27-year-old poet and writer, who over the past few years has performed her spoken word pieces in venues around London. Having a keen interest in current events, her poetry touches on themes of womanhood, social/racial injustice, uplifting other young adults and the trials and tribulations of trying to find one’s identity. Most recently, she wrote and recorded an untitled piece for a play called ‘A Final Act Of Friendship’ which was performed at The Bridge House Theatre in May 2022. 

Round Table Books  

​​An inclusion-led bookshop selling books for every reader, in the heart of Brixton, London. Round Table Books exists to celebrate underrepresented children’s books, writers, and illustrators. Round Table Books will host Jenelle’s piece in their intimate shop in Brixton Village. 


Michael Balogun at Brixton House  

Michael Balogun is an award-winning actor born and raised in the borough of Lambeth, South London. A lack of direction with a dysfunctional family led Balogun into a life of crime. After various prison sentences Michael eventually found his passion for acting and decided to pursue a career path in the arts. Once released he auditioned for a number of schools and gained a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating Michael has gone onto perform in various theatre productions and tv shows. The critically acclaimed people, places and things, Barber shop Chronicles, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and many more. After during the pandemic Michael performed the one man show ‘Death of England Delroy’ which reopened the National Theatre. He has also performed in the hit NETFLIX shows, ‘Top Boy’ and ‘you don’t know me’. In 2021 Michael was listed on the prestigious ‘Stage 100’ and was nominated for ‘Best Actor at the Black British Theatre Awards’, and ‘Death of England Delroy’ won best play at the Visionary Awards. 

Brixton House 

Brixton House is a new theatre in the heart of the Brixton community with a mission to purposefully curate spaces for their community to connect, create and enjoy making them the perfect partner for a project of this nature. Brixton House will present Knock Down in partnership with Dropped Tea.


Creative Team

Photo Credit © Nina Robinson

Director – Rebekah Murrell

Rebekah Murrell is a director, performer and facilitator from London working across stage, screen and audio.

Directing includes the award-winning Notting Hill Carnival epic ‘J’ouvert’ by Yasmin Joseph at Theatre503, its transfer to the West End and its filmed performance (BBC iPlayer). TV includes the BAFTA-winning Welsh BBC series IN MY SKIN. Stage includes ‘Nine Night‘ by Natasha Gordon (National Theatre), ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ (The Globe), ‘Scenes with Girls‘ by Miriam Battye (Royal Court) and ‘Whitewash’ by Gabriel Bisset-Smith (Soho Theatre). Facilitation work includes Clean Break, Coney, KIT Theatre, National Youth Theatre and English PEN.

Image Credit © Michael Shelford

Produced by Dropped Tea Theatre 

Dropped Tea is a female trio made up of Jesse Bateson, Eva Bradley-Williams and Nassy Konan who were all raised in South London. They have worked in the theatre industry for several years, with a strong passion for making work that celebrates and amplifies London’s lost voices through multidisciplinary forms of storytelling in communities.

The trio aim to unearth untold stories, centering the voices, memories and experiences of people with a longstanding connection to areas which sit amongst the backdrop of a changing urban landscape.  

Dropped Tea is supported by Arts Council England & Live Work Fund Award in 2021, supported by Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust.

Performances

Tickets: £15 - £12 concessions
Recommended age: 14+
Fri 07 Oct 1:00pm
Fri 07 Oct 3:30pm
Fri 07 Oct 6:00pm
Fri 07 Oct 8:30pm
Sat 08 Oct 1:00pm
Sat 08 Oct 3:30pm
Sat 08 Oct 6:00pm
Sat 08 Oct 8:30pm
Sun 09 Oct 1:00pm
Sun 09 Oct 3:30pm
Sun 09 Oct 6:00pm
Sun 09 Oct 8:30pm