Where: A bench in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Tickets: Free | No booking required
A man is sleeping on a bench. The whole bench. It’s the middle of the day. Someone else wants to eat their lunch sitting on a bench. The same bench. But there is no room. What ensues is a complex negotiation of space, occupancy, and the right to eat lunch in peace…
It’s Public appears in unexpected places for unsuspecting audience members, challenging the status quo about the nature of public and private ownership.
Do some people have more right to occupy space than others? Should public space always be shared?
A personal spat turns into a very public debate about inheritance, ownership and the impending housing crisis.
Homeless and ex-homeless actors bring Cardboard Citizens’ raw, and darkly humorous style to bear on this timely social debate.
Invisible Theatre is a technique pioneered by Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal in the 1970s. A theatrical performance is enacted in a public place to a public which does not know that it is theatre. At a certain point the performers will interact with the unwitting audience, generating a debate about issues of social importance. Ideally the audience will never know that they have been the spectators of a piece of theatre – rather they may come away from the event simply feeling they have witnessed an interesting conflict in the quotidian world of the street.