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by Odd Eyes Theatre

theatre, spoken-word-and-live-literature

A spoken-word narrative-theatre play with live music touring small-scale venues, schools and universities.

about the production

June 2014. A stab, a tweet and a social-media storm rip the sultriness of the hottest summer on record since 1976. Two young heroes worlds apart gravitate towards each other against the will of alluring internet chimeras. Two epic journeys set out in the storm of the housing crisis. Will their hands touch? Inspired by a real stabbing incident and the spiteful tweet that followed it, #Haters looks at how “gentrification” in the name of urban regeneration is changing the cultural landscape in the UK. The story is told through spoken words, live music and verbatim social media text.

about the artist

Odd Eyes Theatre is an international and intra-cultural theatre company. We set out to break down cultural barriers with new plays that tell stories by and for people living on the threshold of established communities, those who don’t belong and those affected by social change and globalization. We are one of six companies selected for the Emerging Companies Programme run by New Diorama Theatre in 2016/17. We have established relations with socially-minded theatre organisations that share our ethos and methodologies. New Diorama Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Vital Xposure and Mimbre amongst others.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 6 metres

Studios small / mid-scale venues
PA system

This production is suitable for audiences aged 14+, particularly teenage audiences and those from BAME backgrounds as well as spoken word fans.

I wait for someone to pick up #Haters by@EmiliaTeglia. Such a smart well written and directed piece of spoken word narrative theatre.

Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director Cardboard Citizens

The issue is real and present, brought to the stage with powerful intensity, humour, wonderful music and stunning set.

Andrew Bradley, audience member

An absolutely gripping play. It felt lyrical and often echoed a Greek classical play. The conflicts and ironies were powerful and really rung true.

Melek Erdal, 31 audience member

The story is narrated by the actors with live singing accompaniment and as such it might be enjoyed by visually impaired audiences.

Post show discussions and workshops
Odd Eyes Theatre provides post-show discussions with participation by contributors to the creative process.
Workshops: social media, gang culture, theatre from real life experiences.
Audience development
#welcometohackney is available for performances at secondary and higher education institutes.

For up to 20 participants 14+ (higher number negotiable)
Additional education pack available to those with personal or academic interest in social studies, criminology, internet culture and gang culture, urban regeneration. Participants engage in theatrical debates using Forum Theatre techniques.

The cost of one perorformance is £1,200 (inc. VAT). This is negotiable.
Stand-alone workshops cost £150 (inc. VAT), also negotiable.