Streets of Stratford to transform with promenade theatre play
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 July 2015
The streets of Stratford are set to be transformed as the Theatre Royal is set to expand its performance space into surrounding areas with a new exciting piece of promenade theatre.
Altogether, more than 60 local performers will be taking part in the ambitious project which aims to celebrate various artistic talents and aims to bring young people together.
The contemporary story follows Ellie and Sam who fall in love following the loss of a notebook.
It all begins at Stratford Station, before evolving into a promenade piece, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “This is an exciting project to be staging at Theatre Royal Stratford East and throughout the surrounding neighborhood.
“It’s a celebration of young people from all different groups coming together. The show will give audiences the chance to feel as if they’re an inclusive part of the production, traveling with the performers as they tell the story.”
Audiences will have the chance to pass through iconic sites in and around Theatre Royal Stratford East, and will be able to meet with a diverse range of performers from poets to musicians, actors to dancers as they embark on a journey with Ellie and Sam.
Russenï Fisher, 21, is a spoken word artist who has been a member of the theatre’s youth project for several years will also be performing.
“Theatre Royal Stratford East has helped me to understand how a theatre works from the inside and what the team do behind the scenes on a daily basis,” Russenï said.
“This world is now open to me, something I’d thought would never happen to me. I now work here and I perform here, I’ve also been able to perform in other venues, like the Royal Festival Hall.
“I see young people around me who haven’t had the same opportunities as me and I recognize how difficult it can be, if you don’t have something like this to focus on.”
The play has been directed by Karen Tomlin who was Associate Director at London Bubble Theatre between 2005 and 2008.
Karen has delivered participation projects for companies such as, Clean Break, Unicorn Theatre, Malvern Theatre, The Gate, and Ovalhouse. She is currently Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College and has just finished writing her third play.
The Streets will be performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 8.
Admission is free; however booking in advance is compulsory. Call the Box Office on 020 8534 0310, visit stratfordeast.com for more information.
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