Borough-based SPID Theatre’s work with local residents has become the subject of an 8 minute documentary by BBC London.
Aired at prime time, the video can be viewed here:
SPID (Social Political Independent Direct), a local charity based in Kensal House which celebrates the heritage and creativity of council estates, has been dramatising the history of the iconic Trellick Tower through their award winning Trellick Tales project.
The documentary shows young people working with SPID to create a dramatised guided tour in which they lead the audience on a journey through Trellick Tower, its surrounding graffiti wall and its Grade II* listed history. The audience also listened to extracts from oral history interviews recorded with residents of Trellick Tower.
Participants went on to produce a radio play based on the real stories of the residents of Trellick Tower. This month the play was broadcast in front of a studio audience live from Trellick Tower, from the space that was originally the office of the Trellick’s famous architect, Erno Goldfinger. Young people performed the play, alongside presenting their own radio show which will soon be available to listen to via soundcloud and www.spidtheatre.com.
Trellick Tales is funded thanks to a prize from The Clore Duffield Foundation. SPID is delivering the project in association with the Oral History Society, The 20th Century Society and Kilburn to Kensal Radio, along with support from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Next year Trellick Tower will celebrate its 50th anniversary, having been commissioned in 1966. Trellick Tales resumes from January 16 on Saturdays 12-5pm in W10 with a series of free workshops for 13-25 year olds to create a promenade youth show. This is a good opportunity to gain a qualification by developing writing, design and performance skills. For more information or to book one of the remaining places, contact SPID Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8969 4570.