A SPID Theatre production performed in the Bush Attic space
Arthur is an OAP, hiding out from the world in his grotty top floor council flat. He’d move – if it weren’t for his missing son. Today is Michael’s birthday – will he finally come home? But the person Arthur finally lets in turns out to be someone else entirely. This teenager is seeking refuge from The Fights – the raging riots sparked years ago by a notorious computer game. As reality floods Arthur’s tiny world, he is forced to face facts – did the son he loves ever even exist?
Helena Thompson is an award winning writer and the Artistic Director of S.P.I.D. Theatre. Helena’s credits include The Burning Tower (BBC Radio 4), iAm (which was nominated for an Offie award), Arthur’s World (published by Oberon, performances of which sold out at Bush Theatre in 2015) and High Above the Sky, an animated film which won the ITV First Light award). She studied scriptwriting under David Edgar at Birmingham University.
Mel Cook is an experiential theatre maker. She has created festival work for Latitude, Glastonbury, LIFT, and Hide & Seek, and developed site-sympathetic work for Shunt Vaults, BAC, V&A, and The Lowry. She is Associate Director for SPID and Coney. Mel has been a finalist for the JMK, ITV, C4, Arches, Bankside, and Leverhulme directing awards. Credits include Southwark Playhouse, Arcola and Finborough.
The award winning charity S.P.I.D. Theatre (Specially Produced Innovatively Directed creates high quality community theatre on council estates. Since 2005, they have championed the value and voices of social housing. Their work dramatising West London estates’ heritage has featured on BBC, ITV, London Live and in the national press. Prizes include Time Out Critic’s Choice, Fringe Report’s Best Outreach Company and ITV First Light Best Film Award.
S.P.I.D. are based in the historic Kensal House estate 10 minutes from Grenfell Tower. The charity campaigns to ensure the victims of the Grenfell fire are not forgotten. They advocate against the destruction of social housing, champion investment in council estates and fight to improve rights for those who live and work there. S.P.I.D. has recently negotiated a 25-year lease of their community theatre in Kensal House council estate. They are proud to announce having raised £1.4million to refurbish this neglected, Grade II* listed space, thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund and Big Lottery’s Reach Communities.
Joseph Tremain is an actor from Essex. He is best known for playing Jim (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances) in Dr Who. He has also appeared as Jason in the mini web series Frenemies. Recent roles include Edward Dickens in Webcast, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Square Theatre) and Paulie Crickle in Secret Cinema presents: Back to the Future (2014).
Enyi Okoronkwo trained at Central Schools of Speech and Drama and Queen Mary University. Shows he has performed in include The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya and Blue Stockings. He also works as a writer and director. Last year he wrote Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster, presented by Black Rubix Theatre.
Paul Greenwood played Grandfather in Adrian Noble’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour. Other theatre credits include Theatre Royal, Nottingham Theatre, New Vic Theatre and the Finborough. He has performed in the television shows Casualty and Midsummer Murders. He starred in the cult film Frightmare, the comedy TV series Rosie, and the children’s series Captain Kronos.
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