Playful Heritage (2018)

White Horse Road
5 Jul - 7 Jul 2018

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 spent 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 then used this stimulus to create four new shows inspired by what they had discovered.

Led by young people, this hands-on intergenerational research project was 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.

For quick access to information about the Youth Theatre shows, click the links below. Alternatively, read on to discover more.

 

ECLIPSE YOUTH THEATRE – The Bomb Site Playground

EQUINOX YOUTH THEATRE – A Stroll Down Memory Brick Lane

LUNAR YOUTH THEATRE – Down the Olde Rub-A-Dub

SOLAR YOUTH THEATRE – Rock Around The Clock

Cast List

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

Creative Team

Playful Heritage trailer

A short video about Playful Heritage, featuring extracts from our four Youth Theatre productions and interviews with everyone involved, including local elders, the young people taking part, Youth Theatre tutors and the Director of Half Moon.

Playful Heritage brochure

Playful Heritage research

Elder memories

Archive photographs

Youth Theatre memories

Elder video interviews

Elder memories

Photos and written memories from local elders

Playful design

Playful audio 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

ECLIPSE YOUTH THEATRE

Production photos

Performance video

The Bomb Site Playground

Rehearsal images

The Bomb Site Playground script

EQUINOX YOUTH THEATRE

Production photos

Performance video

A Stroll Down Memory Brick Lane

Rehearsal images

A Stroll Down Memory Lane script

LUNAR YOUTH THEATRE

Production photos

Performance video

Down the Olde Rub-A-Dub

Rehearsal images

Down the Olde Rub-A-Dub script

SOLAR YOUTH THEATRE

Production photos

Performance video

Rock Around The Clock

Rehearsal images

Rock Around the Clock script

Playful musical themes by Greg Hall

Thank you

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