Youth charity SPID Theatre has organised free Saturday drama and heritage sessions for 13 – 25 year olds. The year-long Trellick Tales project is divided into three blocks, so you can join for just one term if that suits you and there is a performance at the end of each term or block. Artistic director, Helena Thompson who scriptwrites for Radio 4’s Afternoon Plays and wrote Arthur’s World, which sold out recently at the Bush Theatre, also writes for SPID. She says: “Our mission is to raise the profile of council estates through our outreach work. People from all walks of life are welcome but we want to share the positivity of Trellick Tower and raise the profile.”
If you are a spot older than 25 you can enjoy free guided tours and productions. The Oral History Society has led workshops training participants to develop interview and recording techniques to collect oral history testimonies from older residents of Trellick Tower about past estate life. The testimonies have been used by the young people and written into scripts to be transformed into short performances exploring the stories of the estate. The short dramatised guided tour will take place on 26th September at 1pm and 3pm at Trellick Tower and you can book a free ticket here, just leave your name and phone number … [email protected]
The Trellick Tales project won the Clore Duffield prize and will be the subject of BBC documentary Inside Out. Local teenagers will learn about the history of the Grade II* listed estate with the chance to get on TV, earn accreditation, and develop writing, design, interviewing and performance skills. There will also be sessions with the V&A, the Twentieth Century Society and Kilburn to Kensal Radio.
You can sign up for a term here spidtheatre . The sessions start this Saturday, 3rd September (you can join in the following week or next term too) and take place in and around Trellick Tower, 12pm – 5pm. As Thompson says: “We believe that community is about shared space and shared activities.”