All change for Ovalhouse
The award-winning playwright and director Gbolahan Obisesan will succeed Deborah Bestwick - artistic director for 20 years - in April, taking over a theatre in a new location and to be renamed Brixton House.
The new theatre, part funded by the sale of the old venue near The Oval Cricket Ground, will open in spring, 2021, in nearby Brixton and will comprise of two studio theatres, a performance space, rehearsal and meeting rooms, a café and a bar. Before the opening there will also be an offsite programme of work.
Obisesan has worked as a playwright with the Royal Court and the Young Vic, and as a director with the National Theatre and the RSC. He won the Jerwood Directors Award for a production of SUS at The Young Vic, and his play Mad About the Boy won a Fringe First at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Brixton House will continue the Ovalhouse commitment to developing new work and engagement for everyone. "Ovalhouse has a long noted artistic legacy” Obisesan said. “It has been an unsung hero of supporting exciting theatre makers.
“The history of Brixton is proudly political, and its rich blend of cultures will inspire the new theatre to be a cradle for startling stories and extraordinary art. Our aim as a team is to be forward thinking, community focused and rebelliously outspoken. I am delighted to be the theatre’s new artistic leader and very excited by our ambition to cultivate an inclusive, innovative, and thrilling environment for life and art to interact with people from Brixton and beyond.”