Shared Memories (21st Birthday Festival)

by Sayan Kent and Tuyen Do

December 2012

London | Leicester

Presented by Arcola 60+ and Kali Theatre

An atmospheric light, glass and sound installation created by a glass artist, lighting designer and sound designer was animated by performers from the Arcola 60+ Company, performing funny and moving stories developed by Arcola 60+ and Kali writers that drew on local memories of childhood and the pioneering spirit of the diverse community who now call Dalston home.

Writer Sayan Kent

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Sayan’s plays include Tales of Birbal (Mashi Theatre, 2015/2017), My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding (Kali/BCT, rural tour 2014 & 2016), Endless Light (Kali/Southwark Playhouse), Another Paradise (Kali tour, shortlisted for the John Whiting Award), The Contract (joint winner of the Capital New Writing Festival, Birmingham). Recent short plays: Jessica (Arcola), Skin (Park Theatre). Sayan is also a […]

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Writer Tuyen Do

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About the play

Shared Memories was a long-term collaboration with Black Country Touring, Akademi & Theatre Writing Partnership to create a performance piece that brought together a collection of stories told, written and performed by people from diverse cultural backgrounds in London, Leicester and The Black Country, drawing on their early memories.

Initial readings were presented in February 2012 at Leicester Curve with new work by Sayan Kent and Marilyn Ricci based on the early memories of people who attended workshops at Eyres Monsell Community Centre, Somali Development Service and Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the project: Jawaahir Daahir, Cllr. Virginia Cleaver, Asha Nathwani, Eyres Monsell Community Association.



Curve Theatre

2 February 2012, 12pm


Arcola Theatre

 24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL

18 – 22 December 2012, 7pm



Cast | Creatives | Crew

Cast and Crew

Carmelle Denning, Jim Dunkley, Janet Evans, Antonia Folivi, Andrea Francis, Sue Frumin, Rowena Godfrey, Hilary Ann Hunte, Brian Innes, Amarjit Kochhar, Gledsey Lawal, Hilary Lee, Sue Loder, Barbara Manglani, Lorna Mitchison, Ray Punyer, Harvey Rendell, Monica Ryan, Gillian Salvat, Queenie Saoul, Ralph Savoy, Christine Taylor, Gaynor Thompson, Roger Ward
Kate Chapman and Janet Steel
Glass Artist
Binita Walia
Lighting Designer
Prema Mehta
Production Manager
Richard Walker
Sound Designer
Stephen Dobbie
Stage Managers
Jessica Thanki, Phillip Richardson

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