One Mile Away is a new play about a one-mile-radius area of London, being created by playwright Kat Joyce and theatre director Nathan Curry. It was commissioned by literature development agency Spread the Word
From Parliament to Elephant, Vauxhall Farm to Lower Marsh, Kat and Nathan are collaborating with many local people to build a literary picture of the many narratives in this complex area. Kat will be weaving all the ideas into a new play, which will be performed by a professional cast in the summer.
In Spring 2009, Kat and Nathan will be running free writing workshops for local people who want to share their stories, contribute to making a new piece of theatre and learn about creating drama from our own narratives.
Anyone who has a connection to this area or a story to tell can contribute to One Mile Away. Share your story with us.
I started this blog when I lived on the Heygate Estate from October, 2007 to April, 2008 then kept it up after I left. I have lived in the Elephant since the late 1980's, when I was squatting in the Rockingham across the New Kent Road from the Heygate, and I thought a blog was a fitting way to document the estate's, and possibly the area's, last days.
I left the UK in December, 2008 so cannot report on the day to day, although I do keep up with what is in the news. Anyone wishing to contact me for info or, especially, to tell their own stories or accounts of the Heygate Estate and the Elephant, please feel free to do so. I would especially welcome stories, comments, reflections, opinions - just about anything really - from people who have lived in, or live in now, in the Heygate Estate.
You can also find me at http//:cityofstrangers.wordpress.com. City of Strangers is a more general blog about life, gentrification, alienation and hope in London and New York.