Whose London Is It Anyway?
A festival of new theatre exploring regeneration, the housing crisis, and the changing face of our city
CAMDEN PEOPLE’S THEATRE, SAT 9 JANUARY – SUN 31 JANUARY
PRESS NIGHT: THU 14 JANUARY, 7.30PM
As artists ‘pop-up’ in abandoned shops, job centres turn into pubs, and garages sell for hundreds of thousands, Camden People’s Theatre asks: What is a city for? Who does London belong to? What do we want to protect about our city, and what are we prepared to lose? And what role might creativity play in the process? Whose London Is It Anyway? is a major festival of new work by early career theatre makers exploring the London housing crisis, the impact of regeneration, and the changing face of Europe’s only megacity.
A new in-house production, This Is Private Property, directed by CPT’s Artistic Director Brian Logan and created with a company including Joe Boylan (Barrel Organ), Racheal Ofori (Portrait), Daniel Marcus Clarke (EarFilms) and Gemma Rowan (Mingbeast). Combining absurdism and documentary, verbatim text and live music, the show splices one woman’s journey through the depths of London’s housing crisis with the true(ish) story of the artists’ quest to interview the developer of London’s newest, biggest residential home.
A number of performances take place off site in unusual locations across the city. Hot on the heels of storming BBC’s Live at TV Centre, Richard De Dominici presents The Death of Social Housing, a funeral procession for the loss of social housing. Tiffany Murphy’s They Want to Skate is staged in the Southbank Centre Undercroft, exploring the significance of that space and the skaters that use it, in the wake of controversial redevelopment plans. Artist and housing activist Emer Mary Morris tells the story of the Focus E15 Open House Occupation in The Land of the Three Towers, performed on the Carpenters Estate where the protests took place (the case is also explored in FYSA’s E15). And powerhouses of playful performance, Coney, lead a day of new theatrical experiments around the streets of Euston, as well staging their celebrated interactive adventure Adventure 1.
Other highlights of the festival include Annie Siddons’ tale of life not fitting in, How (Not) to Live in Suburbia (co created with Richard DeDomenici); Jamie Harper’s Live Action Role Play, Lowland Clearances; and the return of Rachael Clerke’s sell out Cuncrete (formerly known as Beton Brute). Scratch night series The Big Bang will feature new work by a number of emerging artists, including the recipients of three new £750 commissions specifically available to BAME artists (to be announced), and Venice as a Dolphin introduces Camden Community Radio, a new local radio station created by artists, supported through CPT’s People’s Theatre Award.
The festival is accompanied by a series of talks, produced in partnership with Londonist, exploring the issues facing Londoners today, including the loss of subcultures, the privatisation of public space, and a look at the role of artists engaged in processes of regeneration. Playwrights Brad Birch and Luke Barnes return with a live recording of their popular podcast, The Pursuit of Happiness, looking at how to find happiness when living in the city.
Whose London Is It Anyway is possible due to the generous support of The London Community Foundation and Cockayne Foundation Grants for the Arts.
Please note: the press night on Thursday 14 January will feature Camden People’s Theatre’s This Is Private Property, followed by Native Tongue: Rap, Spoken Word Poetry and Beats, curated by Beats and Elements.
Press Contact & To Book Tickets: Amber at CPT 020 7419 4841 | [email protected]
Notes to Editors
Camden People’s Theatre is a central London space dedicated year-round to supporting early-career artists – particularly those making work about issues that matter to people right now. Its mission is to refresh and strengthen the performance sector with a new generation of artists who bring a fresh perspective to contemporary concerns, and create new artistic forms with which to address them; and to present their work to a new generation of audiences.
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