Dates and Times
Tue 19 and Thu 21 Jan at 4pm and 7pm (20 mins)
Part of Whose London Is It Anyway?, a festival of theatre, performance and discussion exploring the changing face of our capital city.
Presented by Tiffany Murphy and Tina Nanaki
Please note, this performance takes place off-site at Southbank Undercroft.
They Want to Skate is a site-specific performance at the Southbank Undercroft, a well-known public space appropriated for skateboarding. The recent redevelopment plans for the Southbank Centre proposed the Undercroft to be turned into retail space. In response grew the Long Live Southbank campaign which, after an 18-month battle, claimed a rare victory for public space when they were able to squash Southbank’s redevelopment plans and save the Undercroft for their use. But how public was this public space?
As a highly gendered space, does it perpetuate the relationship between public and male space? Was the space only saved because of its appeal to the tourist market? When standing inside the Undercroft, on the other side of the railings, with people gawking and leaning to look at graffiti artists, the skateboarders, the BMX’ers, it can feel like being in a zoo, or a museum. It’s like watching a show about “culture” and about an alternative London that is long dead… They Want to Skate explores the victory of LLSB and questions how public ‘public space’ really is.
About the company
Tiffany and Tina met while undertaking an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths College. Both have a background in traditional performance with a developed interest in Live Art’s relationship to time, space, and audience. This is the first show they have made together.