NATIONAL THEATRE ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE KPPL PRODUCTIONS presents GRENFELL: in the words of survivors A play by Gillian Slove Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Anthony Pike-Simpson

APR 13 – MAY 12, 2024
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DIRECT FROM LONDON’S NATIONAL THEATRE

 

“More than theater… It’s a call for change”
—The New York Times
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“It was my safest place… It was home.”

The hundreds of residents of West London’s Grenfell Tower had their origins in the Caribbean, Portugal, Syria, Morocco, Ethiopia, Britain, and more: a thriving community of communities immediately familiar to any New Yorker. They protested loudly for years as their mismanaged public housing fell into disrepair. When the building went up in flames in 2017, there was no shock, only horror. In the end, 72 lives would be lost. This riveting call-to-action offers a compelling investigation into the catastrophe, driven by the survivors’ stories, their heroic acts, and their impassioned struggle for justice.


Watch playwright Gillian Slovo discuss
Grenfell: in the words of survivors
on CNN’s Amanpour >


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“A masterpiece of forensic fury”
—THE GUARDIAN

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“Desperately moving and deeply enraging”
—FINANCIAL TIMES

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“Tour de force verbatim account”
—TIME OUT LONDON

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“An inquiry of the best sort — the most humane kind — on stage”
—THE OBSERVER

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“Gives center stage to the survivors”
—BROADWAY WORLD

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“Astonishing”
—DAILY EXPRESS

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CONVERSATIONS AROUND GRENFELL

Free to the public. Please RSVP below:

 

CAN TRAGEDY CHANGE POLICY?
Saturday, April 20th , 4:15pm (following the 1pm matinee) at St. Ann’s Warehouse
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Grenfell Tower fire survivors join New York activists and advocates who have heroically organized residents and neighborhoods in the wake of local public housing disasters in a discussion about whether these tragedies can impact future policy.

Participants
Karen Blondel (President, Red Hook West Tenant Association;  Founder, Public Housing Civic Association; 2023 David Prize Winner)
Salim Drammeh (President, Gambian Youth Organization )
Edward Daffarn (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor)
Natasha Elcock (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor)

Moderated by Jumaane Williams (NYC Public Advocate)

ART AS ACTIVISM
Wednesday, April 24th , 6:30pm
The New School: Theresa Lang Center, 55 W. 13th Street in Manhattan
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Award-winning verbatim theater artist Anna Deavere Smith discusses the making of Grenfell: in the words of survivors with the creators of the production, as well as a Grenfell Tower Fire survivor who contributed his verbatim testimony to the play.

Participants
Gillian Slovo (Playwright, Grenfell: in the words of survivors )
Phyllida Lloyd (Co-director, Grenfell: in the words of survivors )
Anthony Simpson-Pike (Co-director, Grenfell: in the words of survivors )
Edward Daffarn (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor)

Moderated by Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles; Fires in the Mirror; Notes from the Field) 


RUNNING TIME

3 hours with one intermission.

SUITABILITY

Suitable for ages 12+

This production does not include images or depictions of smoke or fire. The production  contains adult themes and describes the experiences of the night of the Grenfell Tower fire and its aftermath. For more information on content, history, and context, click here.