High Rise Estate of Mind | Review

I have always said that I somewhat feel like I was lied to as a child. I feel like we were sold a dream that when you finish your education with a degree you will end up with a great paying job, married with kids and be a homeowner. It really sounded so promising and attainable.
Well...I am now 31 years old and my life is nothing of the sort. I am self-employed, single, I don't want kids and I am currently living at home with family.

Before I turned 30years old, I had planned to move out and start to create roots for myself. Look for a place to call mine but reality is... it isn't that easy. I wanted to make sure that when I moved out, I wouldn't have to return home feeling like I failed. I think this is a reality that many of my age group and younger can relate to. We are currently in a time when owning a home or renting a decent sized place isn't as attainable as it once seemed.

Last night I had the pleasure of watching High Rise Estate of Mind at Battersea Arts Centre which speaks about the experiences of different characters living in today's housing climate and the truths of finding somewhere to call home.

A stunning new show from the makers of No Milk For The FoxesDenmarked and Frankenstein, exposing young people's fears about where they will live. Will we ever be able to afford to live somewhere clean and safe? Is it a fair race, or is the system fundamentally f****d and a home is just a modern-day pipe dream?
High Rise Estate of Mind tells difficult-to-swallow truths through a dystopian lens using grime, beatboxing, hip-hop, looping and MCing. A fast-paced, urban story about class and housing, frustrations, inequalities and how pointless it can all seem.
Featuring performer/beatboxer Conrad Murray, spoken word author Paul Cree, rapper Gambit Ace and spoken word artist Lakeisha Lynch Stevens (AKA grime MC Lady KI KI). - bac.org.uk

High Rise Estate of Mind really gave a realistic insight into the housing climate that many of my friends and associates are living in. Each character's outlook to what 'home' means to them was very interesting and insightful. I think there is a sense of privilege and freedom that many associate with those who can afford to live alone or buy a house, but I don't think many understand that just because you do, it doesn't mean you are living in the best surroundings or situations. Many assume those living in a penthouse suite are living the high life but may actually be living in a low mental state of mind and those who are living with their partner are living in bliss when it may be the complete opposite. We just never really know what is going on once the front door is closed.

The use of hip-hop beats, beat-boxing,singing, spoken word and vibes really brought a different element and vibe to the story. I have always believed the true essence of hip-hop is story-telling and the use of it for this show was truly appreciated.

One of the beautiful outcomes from watching High Rise Estate of Mind was the conversation that took place with my friends after the show. We spoke about our current housing situations that we had never discussed before and it really opened my eyes a bit more to everyone's living circumstances. Each of my friends are in such different living environments from seeking to buy a house, to renting an apartment to house-sharing. As much as our situations were all so different, we all came to the agreement that we just want our own place to call ours and feel comfortable. A message that was very prominent in High Rise Estate of Mind

I would definitely recommend watching High Rise Estate of Mind. This play is great for all age groups and backgrounds, because you will be able to related in someway whether it be your own current situation or something you previously considered, you are sure to leave with an outlook that may provoke a different thought or understanding for others and yourself.

High Rise Estate of Mind is showing at 
Battersea Arts Centre 20-30th March HERE
Camden People’s Theatre 7-11th May HERE

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