By Hannah Greenstreet | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
Walking into LUNG’s production of ‘E15’ is like walking into a political campaign. Colourful banners are everywhere, loud music plays while performers belt out slogans: “social housing, not social cleansing”. ‘E15’ is a piece of documentary theatre about a protest movement, launched by 29 young mothers when they were threatened with eviction and relocation from their homes in Newham. It tells of their extraordinary response to an all-too common situation, interspersed with interviews about the housing crisis. This is theatre at its most politically engaged and engaging – it is a call to action, with reverberations well beyond the stage. The performers remind the audience that “these are real people,” and encourage us to “do something”. This outstanding company deliver an angry, empowering production, catalysing change.
Summerhall, until 27th Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]