Dates and Times
Tue 11 - Wed 12 April at 9pm
Part of our Spring 2017 season, running from January – June 2017. Why not take advantage of our double bill ticket offer – two shows on the same night for just £16. Simply add the shows into your basket, and we’ll do the rest! Browse our full programme here.
Presented by Jane English
20B unearths the stories of a demolished building on a council estate in East London.
In an attempt to relocate her sense of home, Jane goes on a mission to find and reconnect with her former neighbours, to document their memories, and make a record of the community which was scattered by regeneration.
Part auto-biography, part oral history, 20B is a moving exploration of what home and community really mean and how it feels when these things are lost. With warmth and humour, Jane uncovers the narratives of our city, from post-war slum clearance to Olympic-era gentrification.
20B was scratched at CPT as part of Whose London Is It Anyway? in January 2016.
You can read Jane’s guest blog on moving house and leaving your home behind here.
Image credit – Ayesha Jones
About the artist
Jane is a performer, facilitator and emerging theatre-maker, based in Birmingham. She is interested in making work which explores autobiographical themes, connecting personal histories to the collective experience, whilst engaging with the wider social narratives which affect them. Jane creates theatre shows, installation works, public-realm interventions and cabaret performance.
“20B is highly autobiographical and personal and at the same time universal, far-reaching and incredibly timely. 20B examines the results of the destruction of old, rooted communities and as such speaks to every city whose communities are dismantled in the name of progress.” Tessa Walker, Associate Director Birmingham REP
Theatre Royal Stratford East (Spring 2016)
“Perfect timing – humorous, informative, moving, thought-provoking, heart-warming.”
“Heartfelt & critical commentary on growing up on an estate. The good, the bad, the ugly.”
“The whole thing felt like a huge detective story! It’s one of the strongest solo shows I’ve seen in ages. I was moved to tears, to laughter and to anger. A really important piece of theatre.”
“Thought it was incredibly well researched – both the historical & the personal. Gripping, heart-breaking and made me angry!”
mac Birmingham (Feb 2017)
“It is a beautifully written and conceived piece of theatre…I am fascinated by the notion of ‘absent presence’ on the stage – how people who are not present can be represented – and this performance and production are a sort of essay in how this can be done with startling freshness and constant innovation.” Clark Baim, Founder of Geese Theatre
“A natural story teller, you had the audience hooked. The way you used the story to challenge assumptions and clichés was very good, you will have left the audience with a lot to reflect on.”
“It was so beautifully put together, Jane was so honest and present throughout – it was a real triumph. The level of detail in the presentation was phenomenal.”
“That was my life, I recognised so much of what you were talking about. It’s really made me think – Thank you”