We all love London, but she can be a slippery fish. One day the place is yours for the taking — with opportunity, culture and life all around — and the next you’re hiding from the landlord and your favourite pub’s been knocked down by sneaky developers. And as our megacity changes right under our feet, the age old question keeps coming back: Whose London Is It Anyway?
This is also the name of a major new festival at Camden People’s Theatre addressing our collective concerns about how to protect the things we love about London and find solutions for the things we don’t.
The three-week festival starts tomorrow and features performances by up-and-coming theatre makers plus a series of talks run in partnership with Londonist (more details of which next week).
The centrepiece production will be This Is Private Property, which combines verbatim text and live music as it charts one woman's journalistic journey through the labyrinth of London’s housing crisis.
There's also a host of site-specific events in unusual locations around town, including one in the skaters undercroft at the Southbank, interactive adventure on the streets of Euston, and a funeral procession to mark The Death Of Social Housing.
Alongside these, Camden People's Radio, a new art-oriented local radio station will be launched at an event cryptically titled Venice As A Dolphin. There'll also be a live podcast recording looking at how to find happiness in the city.