Storytelling for Eid-al-Fitr

We’re absolutely delighted to be part of this year’s Eid-al-Fitr celebrations in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. As part of our East storytelling project, organised in collaboration with Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, we’ll be running a storytelling tent with amazing tale-spinners Shamim Azad and Sef Townsend, supported by musician Paul Burgess. Info on the flyer below. It’s this Sunday. See you there!



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Numbi Festival 2017

We’ve been talking to the inspiring Kinsi Abdulleh about adding some Somali storytelling to the East Archive, and she invited us to the launch event of this year’s Numbi Festival. Numbi is “a platform for collaborative cross-cultural exchange for artists working in theatre, visual arts/photography, music/dance,  and film, that draws from the experience of Somali communities around the world.” And, like us, it’s based in Tower Hamlets. We have great neighbours!

Last night’s event focused on a discussion of Hadrawi’s Baladweyn. Sef (one of East‘s professional storytellers) and Paul (our artistic director) went along. It was a really inspiring evening, and eye-opening for those who didn’t know a great deal about Somali literature. There are two more days of the festival to go. Details are here.

Thanks to Sef for the photo.




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We had such a great week of R&D (radicalism & dissent), working on Gerrard Winstanley’s True and Righteous Mobile Incitement Unit with The Black Smock Band and Gerrard himself, who kindly joined us from the C17th.

A massive thank you to Ovalhouse. And thanks to the team: Alex Swift, Andy Bannister, Dan Cox, Maeve O’Neill, Matt Beattie, Paul Burgess, Rhiannon Kelly and Sarah Jeanpierre.

Things are taking shape. Lots more to come…



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We’re on Instagram…

As it says above, really. We’re on Instagram. If you are too, please give us a follow!

We’re @daedalustheatre. See you there!


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The Project Formerly Known as Radical History

GERRARD WINSTANLEY’S TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS MOBILE INCITEMENT UNIT is the name for the collaborations with The Black Smock Band that we were developing under the working title of The Radical History Project.

There’s a project page here, plus there’s loads more info to come as we put the project together… In the meantime, we made a little video about it.

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A big thank you

We’d like to say a big thank you to our outgoing chair Chris Luffingham, who is stepping down from the board. He’s been with us since we first became a proper company, and guided us through a period of significant change, not least gaining charity status. It’s not a complete goodbye, however, as he will remain in an advisory capacity. Still, we’re very grateful for all the time and good advice he’s given us over the years.

We’ve also recently been joined by two new trustees: Alia Alzougbi and Mark Bixter. We’ll post some more about them separately. Chris White will take over as chair.

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Radical History continues…

We had a great session yesterday working in collaboration with The Black Smock Band and Rhiannon Kelly on our new project exploring England’s history of protest, radicalism and dissent.

Exciting things to come. Watch this space…!


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News from the East…

Paul, our artistic director and also one of the organisers of East, wrote a piece about the evolution of the East project for the Apples and Snakes Blog. You can read it here.

As you will see from the blogpost, Apples and Snakes helped get the project off the ground in the first place. So it’s great to have its continued support!

The three arts professionals who initially got East off the ground, Sef, Shamim and Paul, also ran an East storytelling tent at Tower Hamlets council’s flagship event for families; The Great Day Out, which takes place in Victoria Park every summer. A lot of fun was had by all. Here’s a photo of the ‘East Three’ (in E3) by Simon Daw.

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A Great Day Out!


Shamim Azad, Sef Townsend and Paul Burgess from East will be sharing stories, poems, songs and some instrumental music in the East storytelling tent at the Great Day Out event in Victoria Park tomorrow. It’s mainly aimed at families with kids 5+ but everyone’s welcome to come by.

Details from the Tower Hamlets Council’s website are here. It’d be lovely to see you!

The photos above come from the last time the “East Three” performed together, which was at Boi-Lit 2016 Children’s Day,at Rich Mix. They’re by Shoayeeb Chamak from BSK.


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The East Archive continues to grow…

The East Archive is an ongoing project and we’ve just added two new pieces by the celebrated local poet, novelist and storyteller Shamim Azad. Shamim’s also one of the key figures in our partner organisation for the project, BSK.

We have also re-organised the Archive so you can search by genre, teller/singer etc (using categories and tags).

Take a look, and please share it too!



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