Damage Control, an immersive audio play set among 19 of Josie Spencer’s sculptures,
is now at Riverside Studios.
It explores the language of emergency through events in London’s history, from The Great Plague to Covid and asks whether the lives of the poor are worth less than the property of the rich. Josie Spencer’s sculptures evoke a sense of both vulnerability and resilience. Are they broken or breaking free? After this last difficult year, which are we? By placing the words amidst the sculptures and directly into an audience’s ears, we aim to create an immersive experience through voices, thoughts and emotions of people caught up in disaster and ultimately, celebrate the resilience of London and Londoners.
The play, based on verbatim testimony, is by Polly Wiseman with original music by William Marsey. The project has been put together by the Playground Theatre in Latimer Road, where there was an exhibition of Josie’s sculptures, Murmuration, in May 2018. The Playground is very near Grenfell Tower, and the play’s origins can be traced back to comments on Josie’s show from those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
The audio play is accessed by scanning a QR code which is in the programme. Click here to see the programme and QR code.