On 23 November Act Up! Newham premiered new multimedia stories based on their lived experiences of life in East London. You can watch the Question & Answer session with the company above, and the stories below:
E6 Grace Fundu imagines herself as Little Amal, newly arrived in Newham and separated from her mother.
E20 Awa Jagne is shopping at Westfield when a stranger gives her £5, and is left wondering what to do with it?
E16 Paizah Malek meets three women on a bus travelling to the Council’s HQ at Dockside, to ask for help with their problems.
E15 Pritesh Patel is caught up in a violent incident outside, and witnesses its tragic outcome. Trigger Warning: this video contains distressing content and references to violence.
E13 Sterre Ploeger, walking her dog in the country, imagines how it would be if they were on the Greenway at home.
E20 Jade Sempare describes how difficult but liberating it was to be rehoused in the Olympic Park.
E16 Glory Sengo witnesses a burglary while eating his chicken and chips in Custom House, and is annoyed to be sent home by the police.
Act Up! Newham are Together! 2012 CIC’s associate theatre company and are equally at home performing in theatres, community venues and online. They devise performances based on the lived experiences of Disabled people. Act Up! Newham is a community based training company, embedding Arts Awards and other nationally recognised qualifications, and creating a wide range of productions. Many of the actors speak two or more languages, and the majority are Disabled People of Colour. Actors with learning difficulties, who face significant barriers to accessing further education locally, often train solely with the company, while other members also have mainstream training and qualifications.
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