The End of History
St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London
Running Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Booking period: 5 - 23 June 2018
Age guidance: 14+ - Contains strong language and sexual and drug use references.
She'd seen him before;
pink shirt, dark hair, grey suit... jaw.
Oh yes, she'd seen him before.
He couldn't quite place her face.
What happens when two totally different Londoners find themselves face to face on the worst day of their lives?
Staged off-site at St Giles in-the-Fields church in Soho, this specially-created play with music, by High Hearted Theatre in association with Soho Theatre, takes a chance encounter to explore the impact of gentrification on two totally different individuals.
St Giles-in-the-Fields has long been a place of refuge to outsiders, a historic place of worship since Saxon times, synonymous with Hogarth's slums and the plague. It now sits in the centre of a massive redevelopment project including Crossrail, Central St Giles Piazza and Centrepoint. The End of History draws on both St Giles' historical past and its precarious present as it explores modern political and class divisions, both real and imagined.
The play was a response to an invitation from St Giles' Rector Alan Carr who was keen to explore the impact of gentrification in the area, a neighbourhood which has always been in a state of flux. Carr says: "I think that drama and writing is sometimes the best way to try and understand what is happening - sometimes going back into past events can enable us to see clearly what matters, what is perhaps being lost, and what is being altered in a very subtle way."
High Hearted Theatre's director Gemma Kerr and writer Marcelo Dos Santos, whose productions are embedded in places and unconventional theatre spaces, add: "It was the perfect combination which allowed us to respond to the physical architecture but also the history, stories and culture of such a beautiful space."