Phoenix Rising from The Big House

London theatre news: Monday 13 November 2017

London Fringe - Site specific - Young people

The Big House re-stage their acclaimed debut play 'Phoenix Rising' at Smithfield Meat Market in memory of an inspirational cast member - playing until 2 December 2017.
Phoenix Rising from The Big House

Image: The Big House

Four years after the phenomenal success of their debut play 'Pheonix' - praised by critics, industry peers and audiences alike (see some of the comments below) - The Big House is re-staging the play that launched them in 2013 in memory of one of the original cast members.

Now re-imagined and recast, but true to the original premise, 'Phoenix Rising' will run from the 8 November to 2 December in the underground car park of London's iconic Smithfield Meat Market.

Written by Andrew Day and directed by Maggie Norris, 'Phoenix Rising' follows the first steps of an 18-year-old leaving care - steps that lead him straight into poverty, bad company and the constant attacks of his worst enemy: himself.

Out on the track, he is untouchable.

No-one can get near him.

But when his wings start to fail him, he will have to face his demons, to make one final flight.

'Phoenix Rising' explores this raw and bitter truth, and the hard road to a hopeful future.

About the company

The Big House has a simple mission: to enable care leavers and at-risk young people to fulfil their potential.

Through their intensive programmes, The Big House uses drama, life and employment skills, counselling and wrap-around long-term support to develop emotional well-being and enable marginalised young people to live independently.

Each project culminates in a three-week run of a full-scale theatre production.

Developed by the young people with a professional writer, The Big House productions explore imagination and collective experience, raise awareness of the challenges these young people face, and provide a platform for their voices to be heard.

Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said ...

"Within all of us there is a poem, within all of us there is a painting, within all of us there is a novel, within all of us there is a real expression of what we want to see of the world.

And what The Big House does is open it up and bring it out.

It's wonderful.

I loved every minute of it.”

Reviews of 'Pheonix' in 2013

"Visceral storytelling.

Shot through with moments of pure theatre, graced with vivid, moving performances by an excellent young cast.

A stirring opening statement from this exciting new theatre group." - Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem)

"I've seen quite a lot of this sort of work with young people, but rarely anything so passionately or so brilliantly acted, and even more rarely so beautifully staged." - Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage

"Inspired by the lives of its cast - all recent care-leavers - this pulsating, angry promenade production sizzles with energy." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Within 15 minutes I was hooked.

I found myself jostling to get a better view." - Camilla Cavendish, The Sunday Times

"A Soaring Achievement" - Broadway Baby


Aston McAuley - Callum

Anthony Brown - Dr Bernard

Atlantia Sami - Shauna

Charmel Koloko - Josiah

Daniel Akilimali - Bready

Ishara Bilson-Graham - Suzanne

Jade O'Sullivan - Linda

Jay Scott - Sylvester/Denzel

Jordan Bangura - Omar

Lou Mussington - Diane

Melissa Madden - Adebola/Receptionist

Oz Enver - Disease

Perrina Allen - Nina

Rebecca Farinre - Hannah

Rebecca Oldfield - Julie

Rowan Fornah - Judge

Shakira Robertson - Lauren/Adebambo


Writer: Andrew Day

Director: Maggie Norris

Assistant Director: Francisca Olivares

Producer: Adam Paulden

Associate Director: Sammy Glover

Set & Costume Designer: Emma Bailey

Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr

Composition & Sound Designer: Ed Clarke

Fight Director: Kate Waters

Stage Manager: Sophie Stoddart

Movement Director: Joeseph Toonga

Production Manager: Nick Slater

Digital Media: Silence

Graphic Design: Rich Jackson


Smithfield Car Park

Box office & audience meeting point:

The Hope

94 Cowcross Street


London EC1M 6BH


8 November to 2 December 2017

Mon to Sat at 7-15pm

Matinees Thursday (9 Nov) & Sat at 2-15pm

Duration 90 mins (no interval)


Early bird £10 & £12

Standard £17.50

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