The Camden Fringe
Kentish Town Community Centre
25th - 29th August 2015
Set over 24 hours this play explores the cogs that drive the city and the people within it. Whether they are rushing through Covent Garden, changing at Bank, sleeping through their alarms or just drinking a cider on the Thames. Come and see the big smoke and the stories of the people that live there.
When Original Impact first assembled a motely collection of young actors and writers, it was with the intention to devise, improvise and create theatre around a couple of root ideas. We would spend a few hours a week in an eccentric rehearsal venue with questionable plumbing, absolutely no health and safety and a resident rat that we artistically named Ratticus. We made each other laugh a lot, talked and produced little sketches for our own (And Ratticus’) amusement only.
‘Politics’ was one of our roots, and as the country approached the election, our sessions began to centre on this. In a generation crippled by debt, with no hope of ever owning their own house, no party speaking for them, we discovered that this group of twenty somethings had very much in common. We were all desperately signing petitions, reading manifestos, rallying and trying to bring about change. We discussed the things that scared us, never being able to afford children, our peculiar reliance on online dating to find a partner, the feeling that you should have grown up by now, got it sorted, and every day being disappointed in yourself that you haven’t. We spoke to our friends and colleagues and found that this fear and disillusionment was widespread, particularly in London, the city we all loved and lived in. And we found that no one was speaking about it.
So A Working Title was created. We channelled our worries, our passion and the joy we found in our city into a one hour play. We celebrate the moment as you sit by the Thames with an over-priced house white and watch the sun setting over the oily water, the freedom of living in a city with eight million strangers, the opportunity that London brings in all her dirty corners.
We opened the play on the 25th, and it was worth months of work to see hearts swell in the audience, eyes glisten in recognition, their laughter and complicity with us. We also saw, reflected in them, a generation who will not stop, who will push for change, will push to be heard, will make our futures better. Original Impact are not alone in exploring these issues, across the country political theatre is being made and young people are making it.
What a terribly exciting time to be alive, and twenty-five.