Playing with Sugar
28 & 29 March 2014: 8pm (doors 7.30pm).
at Streatham Tate Centre, Pinfold Road, SW16 1PN
(behind the Streatham Tate Library)
Part of the reopening of the renovated library.
This project involves local people in devising and performing a new show to celebrate the reopening of the renovated Streatham Tate Library in March 2014, marking 125 years since the Streatham Free Public Library Act 1889 which lead to the library opening in 1890.
The show is inspired by the collected reminiscences of local residents from Streatham. A volunteer research team interviewed residents and collated submissions. Our artistic team then worked with local people to devise, write and perform the show based on those reminiscences.
Our ‘blog’ at blog.streathamtheatre.org.uk tracks the project’s progress and provides a way for others to read and contribute reminiscences.
Streatham Actions and its funders, London Borough of Lambeth, Lambeth Forum Network; The Friends of Streatham Library; Vinters Studios
Picture: Tate & Lyle
After what has seemed like a really long spell in hibernation Streatham is well and truly getting its mojo back. Never was that more in evidence than at Streatham Theatre Company's wonderful production Playing with Sugar. Using the reminiscences of locals, the performance was put together to celebrate the opening of Streatham's beautifully refurbished library and the event was both innovative and fun. The play's clever use of a laptop to project screen shots of 'old Streatham' was coupled with long forgotten childhood songs -