top of page

'Everything I Own' is masterful storytelling in a monologue.

Set against the somber backdrop of a pandemic-stricken world in his late father’s now empty home, 'Everything I Own' introduces us to Errol, a Jamaican man navigating life in Kingston-Upon-Hull (not quite the Kingston he’s used to) after the loss of his father to COVID-19. This poignant theatre production, penned by Daniel Ward, is a heartfelt journey through memory, culture and identity.

'Everything I Own' is more than a monologue; it’s a vivid tapestry of the trials and triumphs of being Black in Northern England. Errol’s story unfolds through an animated and entertaining narrative that touches on fatherhood, significant political movements such as Black Lives Matter and Windrush and the beauty of Jamaican culture.

The play is a reminder of the cyclical nature of history and revolutions, encapsulated powerfully in the line (referring to his son’s involvement in BLM protests), “To him, it’s a revolution - to me, it’s a repetition.” This sentiment resonates deeply, reinforcing the recurring struggles of marginalised communities and the never-ending fight against oppression.

Tony Marshall's performance as Errol is nothing short of mesmerising. His powerful acting, coupled with laugh-out-loud punchlines, keeps the audience engaged and invested in Errol’s journey. Marshall's dynamic portrayal makes it easy to forget that he is the sole actor on stage, creating a compelling and immersive experience.

The production's set, an authentic replica of a Caribbean household, adds a layer of intimacy and authenticity to the play. It brings about a warmth and familiarity of many Caribbean grandparents' homes, making the audience feel right at home whether it’s your culture or not. This attention to detail is a testament to Daniel Ward's skillful writing, which seamlessly blends humor with the harsh realities of life, leaving the audience with profound reflections long after the curtain falls.

Despite my usual reservations about one-actor plays, 'Everything I Own' shattered my expectations entirely. The inclusion of music breaks showcasing the rich history of Jamaican music and the interactive singalongs bridged the gap between stage and audience, creating heartwarming and wholesome moments that brought everyone together.

'Everything I Own' is currently showing at Brixton House until July 6th. Book Here


bottom of page