SPID Theatre Company presents
by Helena Thompson
‘The tense atmosphere is subtly taken to a new level, no line in this play is redundant’ Theatre Bubble
‘Wonderful as well as weird. The director, Mel Cook, rose to the challenge of turning a radio play into interactive theatre and did a great job. It was a pleasure to see that everyone involved in the production was enjoying it as much as the audience, including me’ Player Playwrights
‘Expect the unexpected. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll get angry, and more′ Exposure Youth Magazine
‘One of the best performances I’ve seen this year. Brilliantly staged as an immersive performance (think Shunt at the Vaults). Fantastic acting and great script. Don’t miss this! ‘ Audience Reviews
Ivy is a sixty minute play by award-winning writer Helena Thompson. Originally commissioned for Radio 4, it was pick of the week in the Radio Times. It is set in an old building that’s about to be torn down, and will take place site-specifically in a secret location. It concerns a green-fingered old woman who refuses to leave her squat, and whose plants seem to have hallucinogenic powers…
Suitable for over 13s due to some strong language.
Audience feedback so far:
“spooky, uncanny and tense – brilliant!”
“both actors were utterly excellent”
“a wonderful new space, a groundbreaking show”
S.P.I.D. (Social Political Independent Direct) reinvents theatre for non traditional audiences. The charity is based on a council estate called Kensal House, creating participatory events which get people excited. They have won an Apollo Youth Award, Best Outreach Award and a Young People Now Award. They have featured on the BBC, Sky News and London Radio and have collaborated with the National Theatre, the ICA, the Gate, the Bush and Riverside Studios. Recently the BBC made a prime time, 8 min documentary about our Trellick Tales youth project, funded by a prize from the Clore Duffield Foundation.
Reviews for previous SPID productions:
‘A clever and thoroughly delightful show,’ The Public Reviews on iAm
‘I love the concept – exploring the way children play whilst playing outdoors ‘ The Independent Critics’ Choice on Childsplay
‘So beautifully written and directed that every member of the audience could leave with a subtly different understanding’ Edinburgh Evening News on Bluebeard’s Wives
‘A rare and original theatrical treat’ Time Out Critics’ Choice on Open House
Supported by Esmee Fairbairn, Rose Bruford College and BBC Children in Need.
Please Note: This performance does not take place at Southwark Playhouse. It is presented at a secret location close to the theatre details of which will be given upon booking.