Listen Local: The Performances Announced

Published 11 September by Callum

After the success of See the Real earlier this year, the Royal Court Theatre have announced Listen Local: The Performances, a series of free events taking place across Waltham Forest.

Listen Local: The Performances has been created by community groups, young people, Waltham Forest residents and local artists, in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre. 
Taking place across Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September and Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September 2019, the five performances will incorporate sport, storytelling, dance, theatre, music and visual art. Each event will take place at a different location across the borough and will include; a film installation in the vibrant community hub of Chingford Mount; South Asian songs performed around the iconic fountain of Waltham Forest Town Hall; an interactive experience along the streets of the Bakers Arms area inspired by the journey of a young person in Waltham Forest and a community theatre performance on a Routemaster bus.

The Performances are the final phase of Listen Local, a year-long collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre, The National Trust and communities in Waltham Forest. Previous phases of the project have included film competition See the Real, the Mini Forest Cinema; and a series of workshops led by professional artists focusing on writing, performance and design. 

Listen Local was commissioned as part of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 with support from the Airbnb Community Tourism Programme.

Listen Local: The Performances:

Monumental Citizens
Chingford Mount, South Chingford, E4 6SH
Fridays from 1pm – 6pm
Saturdays & Sundays from 12noon – 6pm
The short films will run continuously on a loop for the duration

The Fountain Stage
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Rd, London E17 4JF
Fridays 5pm & 6pm
Saturdays & Sundays 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm
Running time: 30 mins

Intercept – The Street Challenge
Written by Kamahl Sami Miller
Meeting Point: The corner of Lea Bridge Road and Bromley Road, E10 7DN
Fridays: Meeting point at 5pm and 6pm 
Saturdays & Sundays: Meeting point at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 
Shows will run throughout the afternoon, audiences gather at the meeting point on the hour. 
Running time: 20 mins

Breathing Space
Langthorne Park, High Road Leytonstone entrance, near E11 4JT
Friday 20th, 6pm
Friday 27th, 5pm & 6pm 
Saturdays & Sundays, at 12noon, 1pm, 3pm & 4pm
Running time: 30 mins

I’m An Earthling
Meeting point: Look out for a green National Trust Routemaster bus near Leyton Fire Station, Oliver Road, E10 5HG
Fridays: Gather at the meeting point at 6.30pm
Saturdays & Sundays: Gather at the meeting point at 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Running time: 30 mins
Free - due to the nature of the space, tickets for each performance will be limited. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis 20 minutes before the start time. Maximum of 2 per person.