A world of sink estates, lost hope and fear. Welcome to Arthur’s World, an innovative new drama that involves professional actors working alongside some of London’s disadvantaged kids.
Performed in the snug Bush Theatre Attic, SPID Productions is staging a new work by Helena Thompson led by TV and stage actor Paul Greenwood.
Kensal House-based charity SPID – Specially Produced Innovatively Directed – was launched by Thompson to promote community theatre.
The charity is based in the historic modernist council estate of Kensal House where it runs a wraparound youth programme for disadvantaged teenagers.
SPID’s work often brings audiences together using immersive, participatory, promenade or site specific techniques.
But Arthur’s World, directed by Mel Cook, is shifting out of the estate and into the Bush Theatre Attic space for its premiere later this month.
Arthur is an OAP, hiding out from the world in his grotty top floor council flat. He’d move – if it weren’t for his missing son.
Today is Michael’s birthday – will he finally come home? But the person Arthur finally lets in turns out to be someone else entirely.
This teenager is seeking refuge from The Fights – the raging riots sparked years ago by a notorious computer game.
As reality floods Arthur’s tiny world, he is forced to face facts – did the son he loves ever even exist?
Cast: Paul Greenwood, Joseph Tremain, Enyi Okoronkwo (with young people from SPID’s Kensal House estate outreach programme)
Paul Greenwood played Grandfather in Adrian Noble’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour. On TV he has appeared in the comedy TV series Rosie, the children’s series Captain Kronos, Casualty and Midsomer Murders. He also starred in the cult film Frightmare.
Enyi Okoronkwo theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, Uncle Vanya and Blue Stockings. He also works as a writer and director. Last year he wrote Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster, presented by Black Rubix Theatre.
Joseph Tremain made his West End stage début in a production of The Full Monty at the age of 10.
He is best known for starring in the children’s television series Morris 2274.
Supporting roles are recordings of young people from SPID’s Kensal House estate outreach programme.
Arthur’s World runs from January 27-February 14.