We’ve taken a short break here at the start of 2021. We’re planning some big, exciting projects for the year and are very excited to share them with you. To keep up to date, keeping checking this page or follow us on social media @spidtheatre for all the latest updates.
In the meantime, you can listen to our latest production The Dream for FREE over on DTA (Decolonising the Archive) Radio: https://www.decolonisingthearchive.com/the-dream
In The Dream, our story follows Delvin, a black British teenager of Trinidadian parents, as he discovers the wrath of police brutality and the rise of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s and 70s in West London. The radio play is influenced by the actions of the Mangrove Nine, a group of young black activists, accused of inciting a riot. It is a story about activism, inequality and friendship. The play is based on British History, and is supported by Oral History recordings and workshops with some of the country’s finest researchers and activists. This project allowed us to learn from the past and envision a brighter more inclusive future.
The play is written by Nnenna Samson Abosi and directed by Connie Bell, Andrew McPherson and Nnenna Samson Abosi. This production was made possible by Dr. Camila Schofield, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of East Anglia, and funded by BBC Children in Need. It was created in partnership with The National Archives, Decolonising the Archives and the Black Cultural Archives.
And here’s what our participants & parents say:
‘I really like coming to SPID, because it isn’t like some kind of posh thing. It’s like a really basic place. It’s like a community.’
Alabama Nutt, Kensal House
‘I’m Angie, Alabama’s mum. I think she’s got more confident. To be honest I couldn’t afford to put her in anything other than this, I don’t think any of the parents of the kid’s that come here could be paying for them. The work they’ve done has been so adventurous’
Angela Nutt – Parent
‘SPID really just bring council estates to life.’
Reece Lewis, Dalgarno estate
“The way SPID works is so original. The company really believes in the imagination of young people.”
Susan Lant, St Charles Estate
“I’m so pleased that SPID has started working on my estate. Young people around here are desperate for something to do.”
Siglinde Buhl, Peabody Estate
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Do you live on a local estate? Share your voice! Join our Oral History Project!
Do you have memories, views and experiences of living in social housing that you’d like to share? S.P.I.D. Theatre Company is working with local young people to explore the heritage of west London estates.
We need local residents of all ages to participate in oral history interviews conducted by the project participants (aged 13-25) and led by Rib Davis from the British Library. These interviews will inspire the young people to create a theatre performance!
During Each block of workshops, our participants nominate two members of their group to act as youth ambassadors. These two young people represent their peers, help promote the project and get involved in some social media takeovers!