Fix Up - Tower Theatre
Kwame Kwei-Armah's 2004 show "Fix Up" is revived at London's Tower theatre. The show is equally as relevant now as it was 15 years ago. Kwei-Armah's play is about the battle between old and new and the struggles of living in a capitalist society. With gentrification rising all over the country authentic local businesses like Brother Kiyi's are few and far between.

Fix up is set in an unconventional bookshop in Tottenham, North London. The shop itself is a meeting point for the community, where Brother Kiyi puts profit making aside and instead cares more for sharing the knowledge of Black History with others. Kiyi is struggling to keep up with the payments of his shop yet refuses to sacrifice the integrity of his business and freely lends out his books with the kind hearted assumption that they will be returned.

While the threat of losing the shop looms Alice, a mysterious mixed race girl walks in and throws all the characters out of sync. Unsure of her intentions with Kiyi, her curiosity with the shop appears to be a search for her own identity in a society that aims to mold you into who they'd like you to be. I was particularly pleased to see the issue of interracial prejudice explored in the play, a subject that is not often investigated onstage but that is very prominent in society.

I came to see one of the first performances and though everyone gave heartfelt performances throughout it oftentimes felt as though a couple of the actors were just warming up to the show and weren't as present as they could've been. That being said there was a particularly beautiful performance by Isaiah Bobb-Semple playing Carl, a boy fighting for his voice to be heard amongst the strong personalities in his community yet ultimately his heartbreak is heard by us all.

Whilst things may not end as we'd wish in this story there's definitely a sense of resolve. A beautifully directed piece by Landé Belo to accompany Kwei-Armah's writing.