Production History

 

  • Reclaim The Future – The Russet, Hackney,  Dec 2015

Our annual mixed-art night saw artists of various disciplines respond to the themes of queer, counter-culture and camp raising money for the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Based on verbatim testimony from the mothers of Focus E15 during the Open House at Carpenter’s Estate in Stratford, Populace & Emer Mary Morris presented scratches of this new show after an initial R&D at the Young Vic.

  • Man Up – Battersea Arts Centre  & Theatre Royal Stratford East, Dec 2014

Scratch at BAC and Arts Council funded R&D at TRSE on a new solo project about the pressures on young men to be “real men” and trying to find an alternative to our overly gendered reality

  • Fun Palaces  – Theatre Royal Stratford East & Hackney Empire, Oct 204

We presented our “Change The World” workshops at both these venues to engage local communities in collective direct action. The workshops led onto making a wild-flower meadow in a local estate and going along to support the occupation of Carpenters Estate with Focus E15

Annual mixed-art night, inviting artists of various disciplines to rapidly respond to world events. Populace presented a new play about an Intersex Relationship and an extract from Protest: The Musical

In-kind support from Ovalhouse to research our musical show about female activists & protest. In April 2014 we won an IdeasTap brief to develop show a 15 minute extract as part of Theatre State’s residency there

A 20 minute three hander exploring the ideas of coming together in a theatre to change the world – shown on repeat over the course of WYP’s resident scratch night ‘Playground’, curated by Amy Letman

Summer Solstice night, inviting artists of various disciplines to rapidly respond to world events. Populace presented Yesterday, with reference to the protests in Turkey.

  • Yesterday – LYRIC HAMMERSMITH October 2012

Part of a scratch night Yesterday investigated the role of police and nature of protest, prior to the TUC march and in light of recent high profile police incidents.

Guerrilla dance piece to bring the censorship of homosexuality in Russia to a wider public forum, foreshadowing arrests of Pussy Riot later in the year. We performed the show at the first Bush Bounce, one week after the laws were enacted.

 “Swan Love was political, entertaining and innovative in its choreography, direction and execution. The response was incredible. This is a company that can excel in using art as a catalyst for change given the appropriate support and opportunities.”   Sabrina Mahfouz, 2012

Developed an ensemble & Swan Love sprang from the ideas we explored.

With David Lan, we planned to stage ‘Theatrical Occupations’ of the Young Vic Building in reaction to the arrests of the Fortnum & Mason protestors. Unfortunately, the theatre made a last minute decision to close that weekend but the material we recorded back in 2011 has played a key part of “Protest: The Musical”.

 

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