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The Seven Ages of Patience

“Honesty, heart, humour and kindness”
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This is a story about a place called Brent. It’s a place of Turkish restaurants, African hairdressers and Jamaican takeaways. It’s a place where 149 different languages are proudly spoken. It’s a place where young people are born and grow into old people. And, for 84 years, it was the place Patience called home – this is her story, too. 

It’s the day of Patience’s funeral and hoards of people from all over Brent have turned out to celebrate her life, which causes a roadblock in the streets. DJ Vibez (a spirited performance from Marcus Beasley), a local radio presenter, hears about the commotion and calls on his listeners to help put together the pieces of the puzzle – who was this woman that everybody seems to know, and love? 

The spirit of collaboration sings through Chinonyerem Odimba’s script, which takes the audience on a journey through a history of the area – tracking the bad times and the good times, too. Vicki Ibokwe’s movement direction is gorgeous in dazzling dance scenes and quieter moments alike, and Lily Arnold’s dynamic set design, which uses a variety of props to help set the mood, supports the piece well.

It is the members of the community cast who are the indisputable stars of this production: 80 of them, with connections to Brent, aged from seven to 77, filled the Kiln Theatre’s stage with honesty, heart, humour, and kindness. This is a story about a place called Brent. And this community has come together to tell it beautifully. 

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Production Details
Production nameThe Seven Ages of Patience
VenueKiln Theatre
LocationLondon
StartsSeptember 25, 2019
EndsSeptember 28, 2019
Running time1hr 25mins
AuthorChinonyerem Odimba
ComposerBen ., Max Ringham
DirectorKatie Posner
Musical directorCandida Caldicot
Movement directorVicki Ibokwe
Set designerLily Arnold
Costume designerLily Arnold
Lighting designerZoe Spurr
Sound designerBen ., Max Ringham
CastFeyesa Wakijira, Imani Wenham, Marcus Beasley, Prav Greedharry, Ubah Egal, Zara Hemati
Production managerScott Handley
Stage managerAlix Rainsby
ProducerNick Hodges-Gibson
VerdictChinonyerem Odimba and Katie Posner create a community production that’s full of heart
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