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