Community Theatre & Heritage Project – Catford, 2018
Partnered with St Laurence Community Centre & The Age Exchange, Outburst Theatre brought together 35 children in Years 5 & 6 from 12 different Lewisham schools and local senior residents to research local history and stage a live theatre production about the events of 1968 in Catford. This project gave free drama training and free research training to all participating children and brought an entirely new community together, including children, parents, schools, local reminiscence groups and elderly residents’ organisations.
The documentary film of this project will be screened at St Laurence Community Centre at the end of February 2019. This film, along with 20+ hours of audio recordings of children interviewing senior residents and learning their stories about life in Lewisham in the 1960s will be donated to the Lewisham Archive for future research.
“Catford, 1968” was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Outburst Theatre, St Laurence Church and Lewisham Arts Festival Fund.