Naseem is the proud new owner of the African Queen Beauty Salon. Determined to make a success of the business, she delays locking up her shop one night for a final appointment, but the customer – an unruly teenager – wants more from Naseem than a haircut.
In the offices of Tabs Cabs, radio operator Grace is one of the first to hear about the violence spreading through the neighbourhood. Alone in the taxi firm’s office, behind a door that doesn’t lock, Grace just wants to remain unnoticed until things calm down. Then a man walks in and demands a hammer…
These Four Streets tells the stories of over 30 characters living and working in an inner city area. It is a collaboration between six young female writers, inspired by their own meetings and interviews with dozens of local people who were connected to or affected by the Lozells disturbances of October 2005, where the rumour of a rape sparked disorder leading to a man’s death, widespread damage and a fracture between two communities that had previously appeared to be living happily alongside one another.
The play explores the power of rumour and what it feels like to live in a place that everybody else has given up on. It is the story of a divided community and of the people brave enough to reach across that divide.
Commissioned by The REP, this production, supported by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, will also tour regionally.