SPID Theatre Company
THE BURNING TOWER
The play dramatises the history of social housing and the shadow cast by the Grenfell fire. SPID’s award winning work has championed the voices of social housing since 2005. The show grew out of our Living History program working with residents and young people to dramatise their shared heritage. It is part of our Grenfell Matters campaign and was originally commissioned as Homes for Heroes to explore council estates’ unique past and value – but after the fire we changed the name (which refs a tarot card within the play) in tribute to Grenfell. The play makes the case for investment in social housing and for valuing the strong community spirit at the heart of these buildings’ architecture. As part of the show’s creation and artistic team, we have worked with young people and residents who lost friends in the fire. The characters are inspired by those we work with.