Agit-Squat: Squatting and the Alternative Theatre Movement

Tolmers Street photo: Nick Wates

Tuesday 16th July
6.30-8.30 doors open at 6.15pm.
Refreshments will be available during the session

This event focuses on the vital role that squatting played in the alternative theatre movement, allowing artists to live in cheaply in communities where they could work together. Including James Saunders’s Squat: a documentary play about Grosvenor Road, Twickenham and Rough Theatre’s Squat Now While Stocks Last.

We would like as many people as possible to join in and read a part – there are plenty of parts in the James Saunders play. As Unfinished Histories is not funded to host these events and they are FREE, would ask that you download and print your own copy of Squat by clicking on this link and bring it with you.

We would love to hear from you or for you to come along to the event and share your stories, if you lived in a squat or short-life co-op or similar in the period c1968- 1988 or rehearsed in one, as we hope to document how far squatting enabled the existence of the alternative theatre movement and equally how theatre was used to support the squatting movement or was part of the alternative culture which created new communities, along with food co-ops, drop-in centres, adventure playgrounds etc etc. Or just come along an enjoy reading plays and discussing the work and the period.

This is the third in our recently launched series of Tuesday salons. Last month we welcomed a capacity crowd for a warm and jovial evening with Neil Hornick of The Phantom Captain who read his play What to Do on a Date with several original members of the cast, an event we recorded for posterity. Thank you to everyone who attended that session and for all of the wonderful feedback that we received.

The event takes place in Anson Room, St Margaret’s House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PL


We will resume on Tues 17th Sept and Tues 15th Oct (both at the Anson Room) and then 19th Nov (Ovalhouse).

The event is free but you must book a ticket as these events do reach capacity

Please book below or for more information call 02036959578.

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