The Burning Tower
'it wasn't the fridge or the cladding that killed those people – it was being ignored.'
Sarah and Em are best friends who grew up together on West London estates. Since 2017, they've worked hard researching their estates' past - as Living History youth ambassadors. Today they're proud to invite us to their 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 the mysterious old latecomer who keeps trying to take over prove a help or a hindrance?
THE BURNING TOWER, a new play, is an interactive response to the Grenfell fire exploring the history of social housing and the shadow cast by the tragedy. Inspired by interviews with local West London estate residents, it is touring council estate community spaces round the country, funded by Arts Council England. Audiences will be encouraged to move throughout the promenade performance.