Dramas by people in recovery, for people in recovery: Rockston Stories looks at the covert realm of substance misuse in Hoxton.
Outside Edge Theatre presents:
An Addictive CabaretUncovering the covert realm of substance misuse in Hoxton devised by a cast with previous experiences of addiction
Directed by Susie Miller | Associate Director Mark Rylance
Hoxton Hall 29 Sept – 17 Oct 2015
PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 1st October, 7.30pm
Using live performed testimonies and stories of people researched locally, Outside Edge’s new devised theatre performance reflects the splintered, chaotic and at times absurdly comic world of people who have been affected by addiction, chemical or otherwise. Today, Hoxton has become known amongst crack cocaine users as ‘Rockston’, as it is the main supply area in London for crack cocaine.The cast is an ensemble of professional actors and Outside Edge company members all who have past experiences with substance abuse. Their experiences are integrated into the show, with some performing personal testimonies.
The audience will experience a live cabaret through the perspective of someone in active drug addiction, traveling through time and space, immersed into the parallel worlds of Hoxton Hall’s history from Victorian musical hall to temperance society meetinghouse, to its present incarnation as a centre of diverse arts. The space becomes scattered with stories of people living through addiction, different worlds emerge and clash, shattering expectations in a confrontation with the truth about addiction.
Outside Edge Theatre is the only theatre company working nationally and internationally to produce work focused on substance-misuse. They aim to support people affected by chemical addiction by working with them to recognise their potential, and build skills and confidence in all stages of recovery. The company was founded by Phil Fox, an actor and former addict, in 1998. Working with addicts and former addicts, the company performs plays drawing on personal experience in treatment centres and prisons as well as theatres.
Rockston Stories is part of Hoxton Hall’s relaunch season, and will be directed by Susie Miller and supported by patron Mark Rylance as Associate Director. Susie has been announced as Creative Director of Outside Edge following the sad passing of its founder and Artistic Director, Phil Fox, in June 2014. She is a theatre-maker and artist, who most recently created The Sparked Fun Palace, part of Fun Palaces, celebrating the ideas of Joan Littlewood. Susie began her professional life as a stand-up comedian before moving into directing. She has worked with Clean Break Theatre Company where she directed touring productions for women’s prisons, and was the Artistic Director of the Capital Age Festival. Susie is Director and Co-founder of Humourisk, a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and completed the Cultural Leadership Programme, (Arts Council England) in 2009, where she developed her practice in artist led community engagement, researched in Chicago & the UK and has recently been creating work with communities in Lagos, Nigeria.
Director Susie Miller said, “Working with the Outside Edge to create Rockston Stories is a huge privilege, the cast have a dynamic creative energy, cutting humour, and an infectious desire to share the truth about addiction.”
Hoxton Hall has been pioneering East London creative activity since 1863 and is one of the last surviving saloon style Victorian Music Halls. In the Music Hall era Shoreditch boasted more than ten Music Halls and although only two remain in East London, the area is once again a hot bed of creativity and young talent. The venue closed for refurbishment in 2013 after its 150th anniversary season and reopens this summer ahead of the autumn 2015 season.
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Supported by Arts Council England, Leigh Trust and M&G Foundation, Three Borough Substance Misuse commissioning department.