City Guide: Stoke Newington

Stokey resident and star of James Graham’s The Angry Brigade, Pearl Chanda, shows us the best bits of Stoke Newington.


What does Stoke Newington mean to you?
I’ve lived in Stoke Newington for two years, and love it. It’s been really nice to be rehearsing/playing The Angry Brigade whilst living two roads down from Amhurst Road (the flat where they hid out). When I was researching, I found a lot of photos of Stoke Newington from the 1960s and 70s and it was fascinating to see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same. It was like doing a play and a community history project!

The playwriting/theatre artistic community in Stoke Newington is…
Excitingly, The White Hart pub has just opened the first fringe theatre in Stoke Newington showing new work and they’ve said they will not charge any fees for those using the space, including access to marketing/tech support! Can’t wait to see a show there!

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Best place to have coffee and learn lines?
Ooh. The Haberdashery. Or get a takeaway and sit in Clissold Park on a nice day.

Where to go to get inspired?
I like walking to the Hackney Marshes. It’s a strange, beautiful place. The Cemetery is my favourite place I think.

Favourite bit of history in Stoke Newington?
THE ANGRY BRIGADE LIVED THERE!

Favourite writers?
I know Stewart Lee is a Stoke Newington man..

An image that represents Stoke Newington for you.
I like sitting at the top of the 73 bus as it goes down Church Street.

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Don’t miss Pearl in The Angry Brigade which runs here at the Bush until 13 June. 

You can find out more about the true story of the Angry Brigade here.

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