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SATURDAY afternoon shoppers and commuters were surprised with bursts of poetry from Queen’s Theatre actors in a day of spontaneous recitals across Hornchurch!

As part of the Queen’s One Day in Hornchurch project, cut to the chase… performed The Hornchurch Poems by poet Luke Wright to the public all over town earlier this month.

Supported by The Outer London Fund, the project saw Sarah-Lee Dicks, Matt Dunphy, Neil Gregor, Shaun Hennessy, Tom Jude, Marc Lawrence and George Oliver entertaining pedestrians and shoppers along the High Street - from the Fatling and Firkin to Waitrose – as well as District Line passengers travelling from Upminster to Hornchurch!

Commissioned by the Queen’s Theatre, The Hornchurch Poems is a sparkling collection of verses looking at life, culture and identity in our commuter-belt suburb. Wright explores a multitude of local topics ranging from the Essex versus London dilemma and the Romford/Hornchurch divide to boy-racers and single parenthood.

The Queen’s Education and Outreach Manager Patrick O’Sullivan beamed: “One Day in Hornchurch aimed to capture the essence of the town from Luke’s snapshot perspective. It was so nice to be part of a theatre event performed on the street by real people to real people in a real environment!”

Waitrose Assistant Store Manager Ingrid Brandon added: “The faces of people who stopped to listen were curious, genuinely interested, amused, happy, appreciative, suspicious and generally wonder-struck!”                                   

Click here to download The Hornchurch Poems (pdf)

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