Kensington Stories

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Free Workshops on Saturdays 12pm – 5pm at Kensal House – you can still join! 

We’ve just started the next part of our year long Kensington Stories project! 13-25 year olds will be creating a radio play and radio show about the North Kensington buildings of Lancaster West, Kensal House, Trellick Tower and Stanley Gardens. From Jan 6th to March 24th, industry professionals in architecture, oral histories, scriptwriting, acting, and sound design will be leading the 12 week project.

The young people, together with older residents dramatise the history of these estates through interactive performances, radio shows, films, oral histories and exhibitions. SPID Theatre’s ground-breaking Living History projects have been documented by the BBC, ITV and in National press.

The Kensington Stories Radio Show builds on the young people’s research they gathered while creating a documentary film about North Kensington’s diverse and iconic buildings. They will continue to focus on these cultural landmarks – all of which are listed, except for the Lancaster West estate, which includes the site of the Grenfell Tragedy.

Young people taking part will gain a qualification in voice work, sound effects and recording or radio show production. The free sessions take place 12-5pm on Saturdays and we will award whichever participant is most committed or creative with the chance to choose an activity for the group.

Budding radio presenters, actors and DJs who wish to sign up should contact or sign up here.

In the final block (April – July) the young people will create a performative tour on a Kensington estate of their choosing. Building on the research from the previous two blocks, they will use the residents’ memories from the oral histories about their experiences of estate life as a starting point. Workshops from the Twentieth Century Society will teach them the skills to deliver guided tours. There will be opportunities to explore and discuss possible ideas to redevelop neglected areas of the estates.


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