"Both a love letter and a lament to London and its obscene housing crisis, In Memory of Leaves is an intensely personal one-woman show exploring love, loss and gentrification. Performed on a boat that will cruise the canals of London, this play touches on poignant themes to varying degrees of effectiveness; but Natasha Langridge remains stoic, raw and likeable throughout."
In Conversation With Natasha Langridge | In Memory of Leaves | Interview by Olivia Mitchell, Editor
Following on from Memoirs of a Tree, Natasha Langridge returns with, In Memory of Leaves. This monologue describes Natasha’s experience living in a block of flats on the Portobello Road council estate, which is being torn down by developers, and how all of her surroundings and green spaces are rapidly changing. The monologue also explores her work in Calais with the Occupy movement and the sadness people feel when they have to say goodbye to "home".
London Theatre Guide
Natasha Langridge interview - Why I'm performing my work on a wide beam barge.
Natasha Langridge tells us about touring London on a canal boat with a tale of destruction and love, In Memory Of Leaves.
Meyer Whitworth Award-winning writer and performer Natasha Langridge tours In Memory Of Leaves around London this October. There's nothing unusual about that. Many shows are on tour around the capital. But she's taking her venue with her. And it floats.
Langridge performs her autobiographical one-woman play aboard the Fordham Gallery Barge, which docks with the production in three locations this autumn.
In Memory of Leaves, Natasha Langridge:
“Add to the wave; we are at a point where it is sink or swim.”
100 days on and the scorched tower remains exposed and bare. The tragedy at Grenfell Tower, in which at least 80 people died, highlights the long neglect of social housing. It’s part of a bigger problem. A problem that playwright, performer & activist Natasha Langridge is keen to shine a light on.
I had a chat with the lady herself on the phone recently.
Following on from Memoirs of a Tree, performed at last year’s InTRANSIT festival, Natasha Langridge returns in 2016 with another immersive monologue inspired by local life. In Memory of Leaves describes Natasha’s experience living in a block of flats on the Portobello Road council estate, which is being torn down by developers, and how all of her surroundings and green spaces are rapidly changing. The monologue also explores her recent work in Calais with the Occupy movement and highlights the insecurity felt when people are forced to say goodbye to the place they call “home”.
‘In Memory of Leaves’ and the Power of Site-Based Work.
Theatre is a collaborative art form, communicating its story and ideas through text, design, direction and performance. But another integral part of this collaboration is the physical theatre space itself. For Natasha Langridge's solo piece In Memory of Leaves, this space isn't just a storytelling venue — it's the subject of the story being told.
The Evening Standard
“In Lisa Goldman’s production there are scenes of tenderness and of violent fury. Yet while Shraddha is linguistically interesting, beneath the distinctive language is a straightforward story of forbidden love and its trials, not dissimilar to Romeo and Juliet... Shraddha has energy and some moments of real poetry, and, although at times soft where it might more credibly be bleak, it feels faithfully contemporary.”
Henry Hitchings, 05 November 2009
Shraddha, Soho Theatre ;
Warmhearted account of love among the Romanies.
This is a play for the Angry Young Woman generation — full of spitting rage and sardonic streetwise contempt. Sexually abused by drug-dealing great uncle and physically abused by her boyfriend, Eva refuses to succumb to the victim mentality, and instead fashions herself as a twenty-first-century Siren who could tear strips off any soft-focus Hollywood goddess.
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