Fix Up  
Fix Up

by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Directed by Landé Belo

Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th June and Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th July, 2019

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

October 2004 and it's Black History Month, but no one's flocking to "Fix Up", Kiyi's bookshop in Tottenham where shelves are filled with the works of Marcus Garvey, James Baldwin, Claude McKay, Toni Morrison ... Property developers are poised to turn the bookshop into a black hair and beauty products shop and Kwesi's room upstairs, the HQ for black political activism, into luxury flats. In walks the mysterious Alice, the first person to buy a book in a long time, and life has officially become complicated for Kiyi and his friends. The revolution will not be televised ... but is anyone listening and does anyone care?

Fix Up is a brutally honest and witty exposé of a black society more interested in current pop culture fads rather than its unacknowledged past. In true August Wilson style, Kwame Kwei-Armah explores racial identity through the lens of a dynamic cast of characters, deeply flawed and trying to find their way.

This production features strong language and occasional use of racial epithets which some viewers may find offensive. Suitable for an age 12 plus audience.

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Brother Kiyi : Richard Bobb-Semple
Carl : Isaiah Bobb-Semple
Kwesi : Kieron Mieres
Norma : Valerie Paul
Alice : Jasmine Rachelle


Production Team

Director : Landé Belo
Set Design : Holly Spice
Costume Design : Samantha Jones
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Phillip Ley

Stage Manager : Stephen Brasher
ASMs : Tom Tillery
Fight Choreographer : Richard Kirby
Movement Coach : Ruth Sullivan
Dialect Coach : Peta Barker
Musical Arrangement : Sarah Assaf
Lighting Operator : Steph Siraut
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson
PR and Marketing : Simi Belo

This is Richard Bobb-Semple's first production with the Tower Theatre Company and is a welcome return to the fringe stage for him. Having performed in a number of productions during the mid 1980's, including the play written by Benjamin Zephaniah, Playin' the Right Tune (performed at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Festival), Richard is excited to be involved in Fix Up, continuing what has always been one of his life's passions.
Isaiah Bobb-Semple is excited to take on the role of Carl in his first Tower Theatre production as he looks to gain more experience and continue perfecting his craft. He has just finished a seven month tour of a youth arts theatre production Shadow Games and before that appeared in a production of The Countdown at the Millfield Theatre. Isaiah is currently training at The Unseen Acting School and he has also trained with City Academy.
Kieron Mieres has been acting for just over ten years and in that time he has donned many a wig, many a frock and many an accent. From his initiation at the National Youth Theatre to his dramatic escapades at Bristol Univeristy, to his off-West End stints (with amongst other theatre companies KDC and SEDOS), it is fair to say that Kieron has been around the theatrical block a few times. However, he is relishing the chance to grapple with this most challenging of contemporary dramas under the watchful gaze of director Landé Belo.
This is Valerie Paul's second performance with the Tower Theatre Company; she made her debut in Table last year. Val has trained at the Actor's Centre, Identity School of Acting and in the Meisner Technique. Her credits include A Mother Speaks (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac (Minack), Two (The Rosemary Branch) and two short films - Today and 2nd Childhood. She combines her passion of acting with caring for her two children, playing netball and working in the legal field.
This is Jasmine Rachelle's second role with the Tower Theatre. Previously, she played Helen Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird. Since that production she has been gaining screen experience in short films. Whilst studying A-level Drama at Woodhouse College, she performed as Scout in Popcorn and Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Jasmine spent two years training with the Young Actors theatre and performed with Haringey Shed in a variety of productions including Macbeth, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland and One Thousand and One Nights. She also performed with the Streetz Ahead dance company in. Having lived all her life in N17, she is delighted to be involved in a play that is centred on Tottenham.
This is Landé Belo's directorial debut, having worked as Assistant Director on the Tower's recent production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Her first production with the Tower was in 2016, playing Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park. She has since played multiple characters in Doctor Faustus, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba, Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls and Jellaby in Arcadia. Appearances with other theatre companies include Fay in A Chorus of Disapproval, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Garden Suburb Theatre) and Gillian in Thriller of the Year (Incognito Theatre).