Opposites attract in Marcelo Dos Santos’s site-specific The End of History

What happens when two completely different Londoners find themselves face to face on the worst day of their lives?

High Hearted Theatre and Soho Theatre find the answer in Marcelo Dos Santos’s The End of History which is being staged off-site at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, Soho, this June.

Paul is a gay party boy working in property, Wendy is a single, 50-year-old, working in the charity sector.

They belong to two different Londons but have one thing in common; they’re both alone in the city.

This especially-created co-production takes a chance encounter to explore the impact of gentrification on two totally different individuals.

St Giles-in-the-Fields has long been a place of refuge to outsiders, a historic place of worship since Saxon times, synonymous with Hogarth’s slums and the plague.

It now sits in the centre of a massive redevelopment project including Crossrail, Central St Giles Piazza and Centrepoint.

The End of History draws on both St Giles’ historical past and its precarious present as it explores modern political and class divisions, both real and imagined.

The play was a response to an invitation from St Giles’ Rector, Alan Carr, who was keen to explore the impact of gentrification in the area, a neighbourhood which has always been in a state of flux.

Carr says: “I think that drama and writing is sometimes the best way to try and understand what is happening.

“Sometimes going back into past events can enable us to see clearly what matters, what is perhaps being lost, and what is being altered in a very subtle way.”

High Hearted Theatre’s director Gemma Kerr and writer, Marcelo Dos Santos, add: “It was the perfect combination which allowed us to respond to the physical architecture but also the history, stories and culture of such a beautiful space.”

End of History runs at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church from June 5 – 23.

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