Acton Resident Starring in Lyric Theatre Play

Wes Bazonga performing in Heart of Hammersmith

Wes feels like the Lyric Theatre is his second home

An actor from Acton is due to take a starring role in a forthcoming play at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith as it makes its return to live performances.

The venue’s production of Heart of Hammersmith celebrates West London as a cultural hub of the city and has been created by and stars members of the community including W3 local, Wes Bazonga.

He said, “I love that I am part of the Lyric’s first community show. This is a chance for the community to come together and make something magical. I’ve been involved with the Lyric for so many years, I feel like part of the building - it’s my second home.”

Heart of Hammersmith tells of intergenerational stories of the people, significant places and events that began in West London namely the Notting Hill Carnival and tragedy of Grenfell Tower. Inspired by true stories, the play tracks immigrant arrivals, million-pound homes and social housing sitting side by side, the rise of gentrification, the changing of attitudes, facing of tragedies and the rallying of a resilient community.

The play was devised and written by Caribbean playwright Nicholai La Barrie and is directed by Eva Sampson with Alex Hurst.

The cast are aged from 11-88 years and come from varied careers and backgrounds including: acting, teaching, yoga, drag entertainment, tourism, care, architecture, disability arts and more.

Having originally been scheduled to be performed in August, Heart of Hammersmith is now taking place from 16-18 September. All tickets are £10 and can be bought online.

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August 26, 2021