Clapham Fringe: Lost Souls And Lunatics

The Bread & Roses Theatre

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15:00 - 16:00
£10 - £13
Theatre/Arts, Festival

An authentic look at an extraordinary East End life. This is a semi-autobiographical work from author, photographer, poet and award winning playwright Johnnie Quarrell. Stories set against the East End bomb dumps, gangster life, Soho in the 60s and the “spiteful” 70s and the recall of a life not lived well.

Lost Souls and Lunatics was written, in part, as a response to the massacre of 129 children in Peshwar. This and subsequent attacks on children released haunting memories of being bombed in London. And though painful, the author wanted to re-visit the darker aspects of coming to manhood with war, poverty and prison as unlovely backdrops.

Actor Billy Colvill and Johnnie Quarrell met for months to explore the possibilities of taking these dark but funny experiences and stories to the stage. Lil Warren was brought on board as Director having worked with Colvill on his play Shepherd’s Pie and Plato’s Cave. This creative team are all from the East End. This shared background has produced a genuinely accurate portrayal and telling of London working class stories.

Billy Colvill has worked as an actor everywhere from the Old Half Moon to the National Theatre, he is also a playwright. Lil Warren has been creating for live performance for twenty years. She survived being a stand-up in Glasgow and most recently directed Blackout by Davey Anderson at Soho Theatre.

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The Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street, London, SW4 6DZ

Nearest station:
Clapham North (Tube)


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Clapham Fringe

A Performing Arts Festival in south London, from 20th October to 6th November 2016. Taking place at the innovative and award-winning Bread & Roses Theatre. "A brand new, egalitarian performing arts festival... Clapham Fringe aims to celebrate and foster emerging talent by offering an affordable stage for comedy and drama." - South West Londoner

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