Black Men’s Consortium in the House

In its first performance in a professional theatre space – Brixton House – the Black Men’s Consortium presents Without Planning Permission!

on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November.

This community engagement event (set on a council estate) immerses its audience in film, interactivity, debate and improvisation and promises “a fantastic cast of performers, who take you into dimensions you have never seen before.”

Imagine the scene…

“Spectators enter the space to find performances triggered by their presence. As you move between positions a character comes to life and engages you in a unique encounter. The spectator learns that they are someone important in that character’s life. Spectators move between positions to explore a range of individual encounters – each one a meeting, a journey, a disclosure. Every position is in a different location, 20 positions 20 improvisers 20 encounters. You become empowered to decide the ultimate fate of the characters.”

The Black Men’s Consortium is a community-led exploration arts project in which Black men of African Descent meet to experience positive and meaningful interactions and discuss issues that matter to them.  Through opportunities to express oneself, speak, learn and empower themselves creatively by using and mixing politics with art in order to make performances which are rooted in the group members’ experiences. 

While this is their first time in a professional theatre space, the group is not new to treading the boards with heralded performances in landmark settings. This thanks to their enigmatic founder Tony Cealy (read more about his work below). In this latest exploration

The audience is asked Questions to think about:

  • How can Black Men survive a post COVID UK and remain proactive during these challenging and uncertain times?
  • How do we ensure that Black Men can survive in an unjust society?
  • What are the current obstacles Black Men face now after nearly 75 years since Windrush?
  • What can Black Men do collectively to look after their Mental Health & Wellbeing and address our current reality?
  • How might Black Men sustain meaningful contributions to a new paradigm that tackles Systemic Racism?
  • How Might Black Men build and develop sustainable economic wealth? 
  • How might Black Men not end up overrepresented in the harshest statistics in our society for criminal justice, health, mental health and life expectancy?

How can Black Men support and guide the next generation so that we are better prepared for civil action?

Book tickets here for Without Planning Permission!

The Black Men’s Consortium meets Monday evenings and is a  space for Black men where differences of opinion and unspoken feelings and resentments can be safely voiced and shared. The group works to creatively cement long term relationships which lead to shared activities.

Contact 07956 877358

Read more about Tony’s work below:

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