Creating Work For Our Community
A big part of New Diorama's mission is to create exciting projects and events for our local community to enjoy. Every year, alongside our regular programme of work like Summer Cinema and rolling schools work, we make bespoke projects especially to work with groups across our community.
Keep a watch on our website, on notice boards around West Eustion and in our newsletter for upcoming performances and projects that you can get involved in.
With a different a focus each year, here are some examples of some of our most exciting projects from over the last few years.
DOWN & OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON 2015/16
Working with our local community, we create a unique theatrical twist on George Orwell's first book. Our production of Down & Out in Paris and London combined the story of Orwell working in the 1920s Parisian underworld with a modern story of a journalist living undercover, claiming benefits and trying to survive on minimum wage jobs.
The production was made in 2015 and New Diorama ran workshops alongside our rehearsal process, working with local groups such as New Horizon Homeless Youth Centre. The show will return in 2016 for a full run, with further surrounding workshops, response performances made by our local residents and debates. All tickets for those unemployed will be only £3 each.
★★★★★ "It should be obligatory viewing for everyone." BIG ISSUE
THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE 2013/14
West Euston has many links to the wartime spy centre, Bletchley Park. From codebreakers from the area who gave their service during the Second World War, to those who were at Station X who moved to West Euston in the years since to UCL's Dr Sue Black leading the campaign to save Bletchley Park and restore it to its former glory.
Working with the Alan Turing Centenary Year, New Diorama staged The Universal Machine, a play about the life and death of the celebrated codebreaker. Performing to sold out audiences, we worked with local schools and groups, inviting them to performances, talks and even demonstrations of Enigma Machines themselves, performed by staff members from Bletchley Park.
With Alan Turing being on the national curriculum at almost evey key stage, these events were incredibly popular with a whole cross section of ages, across West Euston.
THE ADVENTURES OF NOGGIN THE NOG, 2013
Noggin The Nog is a Viking adventure from the creators of the Clangers and Bagpuss, Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate.
Working with NDT Associate Ensemble Third Party, New Diorama presented the world premiere of this brand new stage show at Christmas. Thanks to West Euston Partnership and Camden close to 600 tickets were given free of charge to local children and thier families to visit this exciting and critically acclaimed Christmas show.
The production has gone on to tour across the UK to sold out houses and five star reviews.
THE DARK ROOM 2012/13
Wanting to create a piece of theatre for local teenagers, New Diorama (working with resident company PIT) created The Dark Room in 2012. Billed as a cross between Brecht and teen-movie classic Mean Girls, the show was visited by numerous school groups and teenagers - many of which had special talks after the performance and got to play on the set.
Focused on online-bullying, The Dark Room was awarded Critics' Choice in Time Out, received four and five star reviews and was nominated for an OffWestEnd award.
REGENT'S PLACE FLASH DANCE 2011
As part of the Regent's Place Summer Festival, New Diorama Theatre brought together residents, workers and primary school children from across West Euston to create a flash mob.
Working with Pineapple Dance Studios over a number of weeks, you can see the outcome of this surprising afternoon on the video above.
FOOTPRINTS UNDER THE PAVEMENT 2010 & 2011
Designed as a big "hello" project to our area, Footprints Under The Pavement involved interviewing residents in the months leading up to the opening of New Diorama. Talking about their memories of West Euston, how things have changed over the last hundred years in our part of London and reliving personal triumphs and recollections, close to one hundred local people shared with us. We commissioned playwright Pete Lawson to weave these stories together into a theatrical walking tour led by infamous ex-resident, Kenneth Williams (played by David Benson, who has played Kenneth on television and in the West End).
So popular that we had to bring it back for a second time, Footprints Under The Pavement was supported by the West Euston Partnership, Camden Council. It was enjoyed by hundreds of people who came from as far as Hull to be toured around the Euston area.
PRIMARY VOICES 2010 & 2011
We have run the popular Primary Voices project twice at New Diorama. Sending playwrights and actors into local schools, year six children across Camden and Hackney were taught the basics of writing plays and creating characters. We then set them the challenge of writing complete plays. Sifting through hundreds of entries both in 2010 and 2011, the team at NDT took the best 10 each year and staged them as fully professional productions.
Children, at the end of the project, received a bound copy of their play, a certificate and a special friends and family performance to which they could invite their parents and relatives to celebrate their talents in their local theatre.