Riot Acts

After the riots of 2011 across England, Penned in the Margins initiated Riot Acts: a project to commission four new works in development in response to the riots. Each commission was given a small commissioning fee, developmental support from producer Tom Chivers and theatre director Russell Bender, and the opportunity to present their work-in-progress at a sold-out night at Rich Mix, London.

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 STK International conducts 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.





Selected artists: Luke Wright, Sophie Woolley, Greg McLaren, Hurly Burly & Circus Kinetica

Producer: Tom Chivers

Director: Russell Bender

Stage Manager: Jules Richardson

Thanks to Rich Mix


The variety of viewpoints on the display and the ways in which the performers chose to engage with, not just the events of the summer but the underlying social issues, the under-hum of discontent and disconnect, made for a very thought-provoking evening.
Natasha Tripney, Exeunt Magazine

Performance dates

19 November 2011 ~ Rich Mix, London

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