The Burning Tower

by Helena Thompson
S.P.I.D. Theatre in association with Bush Theatre presents
Book tickets
19 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

Details

Dates

19 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

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

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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 14+

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 performance being site responsive this show is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Trigger Warnings

Please note that the performance contains black outs, fire alarms and the use of weaponry.


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Cast

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Bianca Stephens
Bianca trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre work includes: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse), Julius Caesar (Storyhouse), E15 (Lung Theatre), The Great Austerity Debate (Menagerie Theatre), Always Orange (RSC), Blue (Richard Burton Company), The Rover (Richard Burton Company), Narrative (Richard Burton Company), Macbeth, (Richard Burton Company), In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Richard Burton Company), Dogville (Richard Burton Company). Radio work includes: Dorian Grey (Big Finish).
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Alice Franziska
Alice was born in Cambridge, raised in New Zealand, and eventually transported back to England aged nine. Much to her (and her father’s) disappointment, she lost the accent, but she did gain a love of acting from her new county, Shakespeare’s Warwickshire. Since then she has played roles including Beatrice (Much Ado, SYC), Martirio (Bernarda Alba, Playbox) and “2” in a new piece of writing by acclaimed poet Sabrina Mahfouz (Blame us for the Flood, NYT Epic stages). She has trained with the National Youth Theatre and MN Screen Academy. She is represented by Middleweek Newton.
Hayley Carmichael
Hayley co-founded theatre company Told By An Idiot. Theatre work includes: Crave (Barbican), UnderGlass (Clod Ensemble), First Love is The Revolution (Soho), Beyond Caring (The Yard), Too Clever By Half (Manchester Royal Exchange/ TBI), Forests (Birmingham Rep), Hamlet (Young Vic), Fragments (Bouffes du Nord), Bliss (Royal Court), Cymbeline (Kneehigh), Theatre Of Blood (NT), Zumanity (Cirque de Soleil), I Weep At My Piano (TBI), The Dispute (RSC), Street Of Crocodiles (Complicite). TV work includes: Les Miserables, Witness For The Prosecution (BBC), Kiss Me First (CH4), Chewing Gum (Retort). Film work includes: Casanova (Bluelight), Undergods (Scott Free) Hunger Artist (Daria Martin), Tale of Tales (Archimedes), Emperor’s New Clothes (Bonaparte).

#TheBurningTower @bushtheatre

Congrats on your week of touring UK council estates with this powerful piece about social housing #TheBurningTowerhttps://t.co/sr2N8GsBmq
Hannah Hutch
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11 Sep
Shout out to our friends @bushtheatre who start their run of #TheBurningTower which pays tribute to the Grenfell co… https://t.co/AfEBKvVEfY
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@tiatafahodzi
11 Sep
Tonight @SPIDTheatre's #TheBurningTower brings its tour to Kensal House estate.  Inspired by interviews from West… https://t.co/Grzmy9Wuap
Bush Theatre
@bushtheatre
11 Sep
Tonight @SPIDTheatre's #TheBurningTower brings its tour to Kensal House estate.  Inspired by interviews from West… https://t.co/Grzmy9Wuap
Bush Theatre
@bushtheatre
11 Sep
Congrats on your week of touring UK council estates with this powerful piece about social housing #TheBurningTowerhttps://t.co/sr2N8GsBmq
Hannah Hutch
@InfoHannahHutch
11 Sep
Tonight @SPIDTheatre's #TheBurningTower brings its tour to Kensal House estate.  Inspired by interviews from West… https://t.co/Grzmy9Wuap
Bush Theatre
@bushtheatre
11 Sep

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