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Living History: DIY
November 11 2023 - February 11 2024

Make a show that tours estates, museums and theatres! Get accreditation and expenses! Learn about housing justice from award winning artistic activists!

‘DIY: Live The History of Housing Justice’’ is a program of free 12-5pm Saturday workshops with SPID Theatre (Social Progressive Interconnected Diverse), as seen on TV and in National press. From November this year until next February young people aged 13- 25 will work with award winning artists to develop devising, acting and writing skills and create a show that tours estates, museums and theatres. Their immersive performance will bring the history of Kensal House, Trellick Tower, Frestonia and Grenfell Tower to life. The program will explore how the post war housing crisis lead to eviction and demolition protests, inspiring movements to challenge the modern managed decline of estates and achieving positive social change through the refurbishment of SPID’s home in Kensal House estate. Young people will have their expenses paid and work accredited as they dramatise West London’s fight for shelter and communal space that is safe, fit for purpose and not for profit.

Programme Overview

Estate Endz is part of SPID Theatre’s Living History program, which teaches young people aged 13-25 London wide about social housing’s heritage. It dramatises the memories of social-housing residents, as well as the rich social, cultural and architectural heritage of social housing in the area. We give young people the chance to create, research and perform their own work in collaboration with professional creatives and oral history experts from the British Library.

Every Estate Endz project is different. In the past our young people have shot films, curated exhibitions, performed immersive drama pieces and written radio plays exploring the history around them. Previous partners for these projects have included the National Archives, DTA Radio, The Museum of Brands and the Bush Theatre.

Alongside Estate Endz, SPID’s Living History programme also includes Step Up, which provides professional opportunities to champion housing justice by using art for advocacy. Current or former participants in SPID’s other programmes are often given the opportunity to take part in Step Up, which can involve paid opportunities.

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