Richmix and Penned in the Margins present four new works written in response to the August riots

Blog | Published on November 14, 2011

A night of new work in development, all written in response to the August riots. Featuring stand-up poet Luke Wright, performance artist Greg McLaren, writer and actor Sophie Woolley, and theatre collectives The Hurly Burly and Circus Kinetica.

Riot Acts is a new project from live literature producing company and publisher Penned in the Margins in association with East London arts centre Richmix.

Richmix Arts and Culture Programmer Oliver Carruthers said, “we called for submissions for new, original material, inspired by the London riots, to be presented as scratch performances on Saturday 19 November at Richmix. Four pieces were chosen from 30 proposals of work to be showcased as 15 minute scratch performances with the selected performances being supported by Penned in the Margins and theatre director Russell Bender.”

Penned in the Margins Director Tom Chivers added: “we jumped at the opportunity to work with Richmix to give artists a platform to respond to dramatic events that had such an impact on so many people and which continue to divide public opinion.”

On 19 November, audiences will see stand-up poet Luke Wright‘s Revolt is a tale of corruption at the top, combining contemporary social satire with the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.

Performance artist and theatre maker Greg McLaren of East London arts collective, Stoke Newington International Airport, will conduct A Score for a Riot, asking the audience to consider who is responsible for what they are doing, and who put them there in the first place.

Sophie Woolley‘s futuristic monologue Stratford City 2013 is a confessional about a bickering couple accidentally caught up in the riots of a beautiful giant shopping mall filled with lovely things.

And theatre collectives The Hurly Burly & Circus Kinetica join forces to create Birdy, a modern take on the Icarus myth set in a burning building.

Riot Acts is at Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch on Saturday 19 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased at

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