Date and time
11 February 2017
5.00-7.00 p.m. (GMT)
Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
In collaboration with the UCL Urban Laboratory, and hosted at the Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, we present a production of #haters, a spoken-word narrative-theatre play by Odd Eyes Theatre, looking at how “gentrification” in the name of urban regeneration is changing the cultural landscape of the UK.
The play will be followed by a panel considering the value of performativity in discussing gentrification issues and representation and social class in gentrifying London.
June 2014, London. A stab, a tweet and a social-media storm rip the sultriness of the hottest summer on record since 1976.
Two young heroes, worlds apart, gravitate towards each other against the will of alluring internet chimeras. Two epic journeys set out in the storm of urban regeneration. Will their hands touch?
Inspired by real events #Haters tells about “hipsters”, “roadmen” and social-media chimeras digging out the real people beyond the stereotypes. It’s about opportunities, fate and values told with a good dose of self-irony and with extreme compassion for the characters involved. It’s about the housing crisis and a world that changed suddenly right before your eyes, of which you could only bear witness.
Expect spoken words and live music, beats and outlandish sounds provoked by verbatim social-media text. Expect bitter-sweet humour, tenderness and compassion. Expect to change your mind.
Written and directed by Emilia Teglia. #Haters is funded by Arts Council England.
A small ticketing fee will cover venue costs and avoid no-shows. Donations towards the production will be welcome at the end of the evening.