The Burning Tower

by Helena Thompson
S.P.I.D. Theatre in association with Bush Theatre presents
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11 Sep to 06 Oct

“And I tell you what, most of us ‘heroes’ – we’re still trapped.”

Sarah and Em are best friends who grew up together in West London. Since 2017, they’ve worked hard researching their estates’ past as Living History youth ambassadors. Together they’ve prepared a presentation on the local heritage of social housing.

But Grenfell’s shadow threatens the show as the performance space falls into darkness, fuses blow and Sarah starts to panic. Will a mysterious, old latecomer who keeps trying to take over prove a help or a hindrance?

The Burning Tower, a new play by Helena Thompson, is an interactive response to the Grenfell fire. Inspired by interviews with local West London estate residents, it will be performed in council estate community spaces nationwide before a site specific performance at Kensal House estate.

The company of The Burning Tower consists of three actors and five artists.


The Burning Tower is supported by Arts Council England.

Times & Prices

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Dates

11 September - 06 OctoberFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £6.50
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £6.50
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £6.50
  • Wheelchair User: From £6.50

Wednesday Matinees

12, 19, 26 September and 3 OctoberFrom £10

  • Senior Citizen: From £6.50
  • Adult: From £10
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £6.50
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £6.50
  • Wheelchair User: From £6.50
Running time approx 1 hours 20 minutes

Performed in

Kensal House estate

Ticket info

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Performance Times

Tue at 1.30pm, Wed at 4.30pm, Thu, Fri & Sat at 7.30pm

Access details

Age Guidance

Age 8+

Location

Please note that The Burning Tower will be performed at Kensal House Community Rooms, Kensal House Estate, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BQ.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, due to the promenade nature of the performance this show is not accessible to wheelchair users.


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