Brixton Stories by Biyi Bandele

Brixton Stories by Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele's play about a man who has started to drink after the death of his wife in childbirth is based on his book The Street.

Brixton Stories appeared as one of the RSC's 'Other Eden' series of plays. These were commissioned from contemporary writers as responses to Shakespeare's dramas. Through the genre of Magical Realism, Bandele created a world of dreams in Brixton where Ossie Jones, a lawyer, and his daughter Nehushta live. We see them on Ossie's last day alive. Reality becomes mixed with fantasy as Ossie, slipping into a coma, is wrongfully arrested and locked up in prison with a murderer. Suggesting, perhaps, Shakespeare's King Lear, the injustice Ossie faces in his dreamworld is too close to the real world for comfort.