Playful Heritage (2018)

White Horse Road
5 Jul - 7 Jul 2018
  • Author Shows devised by the individual Youth Theatres

Exploring group social activities undertaken by young people in London’s East End.

Inspired by their consultations with older people, our four oldest Youth Theatre members  have spent the past five months unearthing and celebrating the group recreational, social and community activities for children and young people that took place in London’s East End during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They have used this stimulus to create four new shows inspired by what they discovered.

Thanks to an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme, Playful Heritage has enabled us to work with young people to connect with older generations, allowing them to discover activities that they have both shared and changes in society; consequently bridging the generational divide.

Led by young people, this hands-on intergenerational research project has been informed by the impact of post-war regeneration, housing challenges, poverty and changing communities in the Tower Hamlets area. It has also been an insightful opportunity to highlight the elders’ memories, document their activities and contextualise this activity for contemporary communities.

It has been fascinating hearing elders from our local community talking about the group games and activities they took part in when they were younger; and wonderful to see the young people so engaged in their stories – particularly when they realised they sometimes took part in the same activities, just decades apart! It has been a real privilege to meet so many lovely people from across the decades and hear a diverse range of personal memories. This project was delivered in partnership with Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

 

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Playful Heritage brochure

Cast List

  • Moonbeam Youth Theatre
  • Eclipse Youth Theatre
  • Lunar Youth Theatre
  • Solar Youth Theatre

Creative Team

  • Sam Adams Director
  • Simon Batchelor Director
  • Madeleine Graham Director
  • Greg Hall Composer
  • Verity Quinn Designer

Playful Heritage Research

Elder memories

Archive photographs

Youth Theatre memories

Elder interviews

Elder memories

Design

Memories by Local Elders

Roy Leader talks to members of Lunar Youth Theatre about his memories of growing up in London’s East End.

June McDonald talks to members of Lunar Youth Theatre about her memories of growing up in London’s East End.

June McDonald talks to members of Lunar Youth Theatre about her memories of growing up in London’s East End.

Roy Leader talks to members of Eclipse Youth Theatre about his memories of growing up in London’s East End.

Michael Freeman's scrapbook of cinema adverts

Playful Heritage musical themes by Greg Hall

ECLIPSE YOUTH THEATRE

Rehearsal images - Eclipse

EQUINOX YOUTH THEATRE

Rehearsal images - Equinox

LUNAR YOUTH THEATRE

Rehearsal images - Lunar

SOLAR YOUTH THEATRE

Rehearsal images - Solar

Thank you

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