The Key Workers Cycle was an impressive piece of theatre made with both the local community and professional actors. Annie Jenkins’ play is the latest in that vein and the first in a trilogy exploring what it is like to live in Islington. So, hang onto your seats as you are invited on a spontaneous trip with lifelong North Londoner Liz and her grandson, Mark, as the pair kick off the weekend in style, taking in their favourite haunts from the Emirates Stadium to Highbury Fields.
“North London forever, whatever the weather, these streets are our own...” Louis Dunford Raucous, rude and always so unflinchingly herself, Liz summons her best friend (and grandson) Mark for a spontaneous whirlwind trip around North London. From Jackie’s wake to the Emirates Stadium on match day, Rowans bowling to Highbury Fields at sunrise, Liz and Mark escape into the comfort and nostalgia of their shared past. Celebrating the understated joys of living, 24 (Day) stands up to the stereotypes of ageing, and shows how mobilising the past can fuel us through the most daunting changes. Following the success of The Key Workers Cycle, Annie Jenkins’ 24 (Day) is the first in a trilogy of plays bringing together local artists, community performers and professional creatives to explore what it means to live, work, love, pray, celebrate and mourn in Islington. It will be followed by 81 (Life) and 1000 (Millennia) in the next two years.