Please Hold

Dates and Times

Tue 17 April at 9pm

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Ticket information

£8 (work-in-progress)

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Part of Common People: the working class theatre festival. Browse the full programme here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest. Common People runs from Tue 17 – Sat 28 April.

Presented by Please Hold Project

PLEASE HOLD are a theatre collective who use spoken word, songs and movement to explore experiences of violence at the hands of the British state and how, together, we can survive them.

“We are community campaigners, theatre practitioners, youth workers, office workers. We are mothers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, friends. We are parents to twelve children. We are from Sudan, Palestine, Hungary, Turkey, UK, Lithuania, Rwanda, Spain, and many other backgrounds. We are refugees, asylum seekers, people with disabilities, people who have survived abuse, people who struggle with our mental health, single parents, people on benefits, people who are homeless, people who have struggled through the criminal justice system. But no matter what labels are ascribed to us, we are all survivors and fighters.

Sometimes we face struggles in life that mean we need extra help, but whether it’s through the job centre, the housing office, or the immigration system, Theresa May’s infamous Hostile Environment extends far beyond the Home Office. Many of us face punishing experiences through the guise of help, in the form of state bureaucracy. PLEASE HOLD is about naming this and sharing our experiences, but most importantly our coping strategies and stories of resistance.”

This is a work in progress showing of some of their material so far, followed by a Q&A with the artists.

About the company

PLEASE HOLD are a collective of 15 people, developing our work through workshops with River (Theatre of the Oppressed), Emer Morris (You Should See The Other Guy) and Lita Wallis. They’ve been lucky to work with Potent Whisper on their spoken word; verbatim song making with Nina Scott (You Should See The Other Guy) and physical theatre with Hannah Stephens.

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