Welcome to this quick roundup of news from Daedalus Theatre Company.
If you’ve been stuck in London these past few weeks, there’s not been much of a summer. But with September around the corner, we’ve been busy brewing some exciting projects and plans.
We’re really thrilled to announce that East Storytelling Project has been selected for this year’s A Season of Bangla Drama, with an evening of stories and songs from across the diverse cultures of East London. In line with the festival’s theme for 2023, we’ll be exploring love in its many forms. It’s also ten years since we started East, so we have a line-up of tellers and singers from across the decade. We’ll also be performing at the venue where it all began: Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.
Here’s a summary of the festival programme and for now, please save the date! Our show, Ten Years East, is on the evening of 19th November.
We’re running a series of spotlights on the amazing artists we’re working with for Dysbiosis, our latest project looking at our relationship with nature through the lens of queer ecology. First up is Kathryn Webb, our youngest member of the R&D at Queens Theatre Hornchurch earlier this year and Havering local. Kathryn is a queer, neurodivergent, working-class creative working across theatre, film, poetry and anything in between. More on this project soon, as we move into the next stage of research and development…
Dysbiosis rewarded me with an insight into a new way of working that at first took some getting used to but once I shook off the trappings of ‘traditional’ structure, I found myself opening up to the project’s limitless possibilities. Dysbiosis felt like a project informed by the method of making it. Queer ecology’s freedom and queerness were baked into the process and the experience was made all the more richer for it.
Directed by Yael Elisheva, another of our wonderful artists from our R&D earlier this year, Accept & Decline is a cabaret rollercoaster ride of April’s life in this revealing coming-of-age story — just a few decades later than most. A work-in-progress one night only on Tuesday 8th August, 8PM at the Glory in Hackney.
We’re on the lookout for more trustees. Is this you, or can you recommend anyone? We primarily need people who believe in the value of the performing arts to celebrate diversity, connect communities, foster understanding and explore big ideas, although we also need people with expertise in marketing and fundraising.
Drop us a line to find out more.
We have no regular income; we have to apply for project funding each time we do something. That means that the everyday running of the company relies on a mix of donations to cover our overheads and voluntary work to get the admin done. We hugely appreciate any help from our supporters.
We’re also looking for sponsorship for Ten Years East at A Season of Bangla Drama from local businesses. Do feel free to get in touch to discuss any of this.
All the best,
Paul, Tasnim and the team