A play for Generation Rent on 17 March

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From Croydon Citizen website

Sh!t Theatre’s play  Letters to Windsor House  examines London’s housing crisis with songs, politics, dodgy landlords and detective work, through their own situation of living in a sub-let council flat.

Friday 17 March at 8pm.  The Council Chambers

Its part of the Croydonites Festival of  New Theatre, directed by Anna Arthur, running from Thursday 16 March to  Saturday 1 April.

The Theatre writer and performers compare their situation with the luxury flats being built next door and contrast it with the lives of people around them in Manor House/Finsbury Park. There are obvious parallels in Croydon.

‘It’s a very funny show which features their experience tracking down previous tenants via social media and finally talking to some of them (recordings of the real phone conversations are featured in the show).’

Sh!t’s previous plays have been on feminism, benefits, and medical trials.

‘Our work is informed by our trained disciplines of music, performance art and long-form improvisation. We consider performing the ‘sh!t’ to be theatrically political and use different theatrical and artistic devises (such as dance, though we are not trained dancers). Our embracing of the ‘sh!t’ challenges preconceptions that, on stage, only virtuosity has traditionally been given a voice. Additionally, we work with an aesthetic which comprises of found materials; the intentionally ‘sh!t’ DIY appearance and donning of grotesque clown make-up challenges us and the audience to find the common ground beyond the alienating exterior. Our work consists of political satire; the personal; comedy; music; physical theatre, documentary practice and frequently explores the meta, in that we examine our theatrical practice on stage.’

www.shittheatre.co.uk

To book seats for the play and the other performances go to

www.croydonites.com

Anna Arthur discusses the Festival at

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/croydonites-festival-new-theatre-reloaded-director

Writer and actor Jenny Lockyer discusses her Festival play on the air pilot Amy Johnson  at

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/amy-johnson-croydon

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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