From migration to neuroscience, Complicite have continued to excite and surprise us with their wonderfully curated Barbican Boxes, delivering a ready supply of inspiration and intrigue to schools around East London as they are asked to create a performance from a box of themed props. For their third and final year, Complicite chose the theme of Political Power, an apt choice amidst 2015’s general election and the increasing volume of young voices in politics.
Packed with newspapers, camcorders, bags of cash, banners, ballot papers and The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s briefcase, the Box was opened and it was over to the young theatremakers to take control.
‘Altogether, they have made a new piece of work about a universal subject and how it effects them.’ Joyce Henderson, mentor
‘I try to instil in them a sense of “play” and a feeling of being part of an ensemble. They will hopefully gain a real understanding and love of theatre, especially physical theatre, which is important as they are the future!’ Eric Mallett, mentor
‘It was a chance for us to explore our creativity and it got us out of our comfort zone.’ Asma
Barbican Box is a Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project. Find out more at barbicanbox.org.uk
The Barbican is very grateful to the following supporters for making this possible: Citi, Garfield Weston Foundation, Linklaters LLP, The Mercers’ Company and Sumitomo Corporation Europe Ltd.
To support projects like Barbican Box, you can donate either via our website or by texting ‘BARB 99 £5’ to 70070
Photography: Sarah Ainslie