Mobile Incitement in Poplar – it’s tomorrow!

Yes, it’s tomorrow, May 6th at the lovely Poplar Union! For best results (and free entry) come to the tea party first, hang out with the team, and maybe create some new material for the show. But of course you can just come to the show too.

The E5 Roasthouse cafe, which is part of the venue, is great by the way. And naturally there’ll be time for a spot of luncheon between the workshop and the show.

“OK”, you say, “that all sounds lovely but, in this uncertain and ever-changing world, I need facts and detail.” Well, here you go:

More info and booking (no need to book for the tea party)

How to get to the venue (it’s easy)

Facebook event (because nothing is real unless it’s on Facebook, right?)

The E5 Roasthouse (great food and drink and supporting refugees)

Unsure about about what you’re letting yourself in for? Read about how we work with our audiences.

And if you have any more questions, you can of course just ask!

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Let’s talk about participation

Our artistic director, Paul, has missed shows he really wanted to see because the threat of audience participation made him so anxious. And yet we make participatory theatre. Is this hypocrisy?

A Place at the Table, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London

Our work isn’t about getting people to do things. It’s even less about picking on people or demanding volunteers. It’s about creating an environment in which people can find their own degree of involvement as equals.

Our breakthrough in this regard was A Place at the Table (pictured during a performance at Amnesty International, London). This is the piece we made about the 1993 coup in Burundi and its aftermath. All the audience sat round a huge table alongside the actors. Everyone was very ‘present’, and the experience was very immediate, but essentially the audience were passive observers until what appeared to be the end. At this point, food was brought and the actors joined the audience for a causal chat. People started talking to their neighbours or just quietly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. This was actually the second half of the show; and its resolution. After hearing testimonies of appalling violence and heroism, and struggling through the complicated politics and history of Central Africa, a group of strangers found themselves sitting together, sharing food and talking. Some of them talked about how to escape the cycle of violence in Burundi, some just talked about their journey in. Most nights they kept talking till we had to ask them to leave!

Naomi Grossett in A Place at the Table, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London

Gerrard Winstanley’s True and Righteous Mobile Incitement Unit is the same principle, but structured the other way around. We ask you to come to a tea party ahead of the show. (There’s also a shortened version for when there’s no time for a whole pre-show tea party). Here you can tell us about your experiences of protest, get us up to speed on local issues, make a placard, collaborate on protest song lyrics… or not.  You can also take advantage of the free tea without doing a thing! Similarly, during the performance itself you can sing along. Or not. You can even have a little dance. Or not. You can have another cup of tea. Or not. The point is, we’re asking you to join us as an equal, with full autonomy, and be part of making the show afresh each time. Or not. It’s up to you. you can just watch.

 

Grace Nyandoro in A Place at the Table, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, London

It’s the complete opposite of old-fashioned participation, really. And you can test this for yourself. We’ll be performing Gerrard Winstanley’s True and Righteous Mobile Incitement Unit this Sunday, 6th May, at Poplar Union. Details are here.

 

 

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Stand up now, Diggers all!

After an amazing few months, with a commission from Ovalhouse, followed by performances at Brixton City Festival, and then a residency at Queen Mary uni to develop ways to work with locals to create a bespoke version of the show in each place we visit, here we are, running the whole thing, tea party and all, for the public, for the first time, on our home ground of Tower Hamlets.

And breathe.

Frankly, we couldn’t be more excited.

Booking and info here: https://poplarunion.com/event/gerrard-winstanleys-true-and-righteous-mobile-incitement/

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2094865110749439/

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Introducing our Trustees…

We’re privileged to be guided by four amazing people who make up our board, and it’s probably time to introduce them!

From left to right: Mark Bixter, Chris White (chair), Alia Alzougbi and Catrin John.

Mark has worked in senior leadership in the charity sector for the past 5 years. He is also a celebrant and life coach. Chris is a theatre director and practitioner working across the UK and internationally. Alia’s a storyteller, performer and educator, as well as Head of HEC Global Learning Centre. Catrin has worked in a number of roles for major venues, including most recently Commercial Director at the Lyric Hammersmith and Marketing Director at the Old Vic.

Big thanks to these good people from all the rest of the Daedalus family!

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Mobile Incitement: back in Tower Hamlets in May

We’re so excited to bring our Mobile Incitement project, made with The Black Smock Band, to the wonderful Poplar Union in May. Fresh from test-running our ideas with the support of Queen Mary uni, we’re looking forward to hearing local stories of protest and dissent in Tower Hamlets and sharing a bespoke version of the performance.

Key links:

☞ Facebook event here

☞ Info/booking on the Poplar Union website here

 

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Thanks, QMUL!

This gallery contains 10 photos.

Our official Mobile Incitement residency at Queen Mary uni is over, though we’ll be working with Ali Campbell and some of his students again after Easter as we share the work at Poplar Union and possibly also back on campus. more »

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Mobile Incitement in Tower Hamlets!

Following our residency at Queen Mary University of London, we’ll be sharing our Tower-Hamlets-specific version of Gerrard Winstanley’s True and Righteous Mobile Incitement Unit both on campus (22nd March) and at Poplar Union (6th May), a great new venue in the borough.

Supported by Queen Mary and produced in partnership with Rua Arts, Mobile Incitement brings together songs and texts from 600 years of English rebelliousness, along with new material from the band, new writing by Alex Swift and the cast, material from East London residents, and the Mobile Incitement Unit itself – a portable installation by Andrew Bannister.

This is part of an ongoing project, initially a commission from Ovalhouse, in which we and The Black Smock Band join forces with local people (and of course the C17th radical Gerrard Winstanley) to create a series of uniquely local gig-theatre performances, retelling England’s neglected history of protest and dissent, and, in each place we visit, asking what it all means to people today.

We’ve been working at Queen Mary with theatre-maker Ali Campbell and some of his students to develop democratic, open ways to shape the piece so it reflects their concerns of local people, and their sense of history, as well giving us a chance to hear their stories. Since we imagine there can be no revolution without tea – at least not in England – we’re doing this through a series of tea parties. (Big thanks to Magic Me for helping us connect with people in the Tower Hamlets area!) If you’re coming to the Poplar Union performance, we’d like to invite you to come to the last of the current series of parties and share your thoughts on East London life, along with optional placard-making and protest-song writing.

22nd March, 3pm at Arts One, on Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. There’s a Facebook event here. It’s free but you need to reserve your place in advance via Ticketsource here

6th May, at Poplar Union. Info and booking here. There’s a tea party at 1pm and a performance at 3pm. There’s a small fee for the performance, but it’s free if you come for the tea party and help us create a bespoke, local version of the performance. There’s also a Facebook event here.

We hope to see you there! We’re especially excited to be doing this piece in our home borough of Tower Hamlets, surely one of the most rebellious and dissenting areas of the country. It’s going to be special!

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Needed: your knowledge of Tower Hamlets!

Mobile Incitement is a new project run by local theatre company Daedalus and folk musicians The Black Smock Band. Combining live music, songs, performance and visual art, we explore the history of protest and our desire for change.

Over 60? Living in or closely linked to Tower Hamlets? Interested in history, protest, theatre or folk music? We want to hear from you! 

We are currently working with students from Queen Mary University of London to test out some ideas and create a special Tower Hamlets version of the piece. Anti-racism or anti-fascist protests, housing issues, protecting LGBT spaces, preserving our green spaces…. or simply surviving the everyday challenges of this much-loved but complex and sometimes divided borough. There’s a lot to talk about.

We need people with a few decades’ experience of life in the borough to join us* to volunteer their knowledge and help shape the project.

*Tea included! 

Please register your interest now with the form below.

DATES: Thursday 1st, 8th and 15th February

TIMES: 2:30-4:30pm

LOCATION: Queen Mary University, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Ideally you’d come to all three sessions but even if you can only make one or two we’d love to hear from you.

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A Season of Bangla Drama – photos

We’re so pleased to have been a part of this year’s A Season of Bangla Drama. It was a fantastic month and, as ever, proved that art can be open and inclusive at the same time as being ambitious.

Here are some photos by Rehan Jamil of our East storytelling performance at Rich Mix London, which we produced in association with BSK.

You can see the whole album of photos from the rest of the season here.

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East: this Friday!

As you probably know, East, the storytelling group we run in partnership with Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, will be performing at Rich Mix this Friday, as part of A Season of Bangla Drama 2017. A Season of Bangla Drama is a major event in the Tower Hamlets cultural calendar and it’s a huge privilege to be a part of it.

As ever, we’ll be sharing stories and songs, new and old, told and sung the mix of professionals and community members that comprise East. But this time we’ll also have guest appearances from two wonderful artists: Somali teller Kinsi Abdulleh and folk singer Dan Cox. It’s going to be a great evening.

This Friday, 10th Nov, 7pm, at Rich Mix.

Here’s the event on the Rich Mix website and here’s the Facebook event.

We really hope to see you there!

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