Tuesday 12 April 2011

Deptford street party

If you are scratching your head about what to do on 29 April - got a day off work but don't fancy sitting in front of the tele watching the royals get wed - you might be interested to hear about the Deptford Street Party that is planned to take place behind the Deptford Project that day.

According to Emma Symes of local street theatre company Ta Na Deptford, the party is intended to be a celebration of Deptford rather than the royal wedding. She says: "Over the past few weeks I have been trying to discover what the people of Deptford want to get out of this event- doing everything from learning about shrubs at the Evelyn Community Garden, to having tea and cake with the ladies of DAGE."

As a result there will be tea dancing, live music, the Deptford photo archive, market stalls and of course plenty of street theatre. And for those who are interested, they will also be screening the wedding live - but don't let that put you off!

If you are interested in finding out more about what Ta Na Deptford get up to - and perhaps getting a sneak peek of what's going to be happening on the 29th, they hold open workshops every Wednesday at the Amersham Arms pub from 7pm till 10pm. "We fill a room full of costumes, we DJ music and get the participants to create performance impulsively," says Emma, adding that all the costumes that are used are sourced locally from Deptford market. "We open the workshop to everyone- not just to partake in but also to come down and watch. Tables are laid out in the front section of the back room for this purpose so people can come down, grab a bottle of wine at the bar and enjoy the spectacle!"

You are invited to join in either at the workshops or on the day. For more information about the street party, check out the facebook page here, or visit the website here.


Tá Na Deptford said...

Thanks Deptford Dame for spreading the word! And if you are a local to Deptford and feel that you have something worth showcasing/ selling/ promoting- we want to hear from YOU! email: tanadeptford@hotmail.co.uk with your ideas!

Anonymous said...

According to South East Central, "the Deptford Art Map 'Last Friday' openings for the end of April will be united by the creation of a Independent Republic of Deptford. This temporary autonomous secession from the United Kingdom is to take place on Friday 29th between 8.00am and 8.00pm. Bans will be posted throughout the republic declaring Deptford to be a "free and democratic, secular and multi-ethnic republic, guided by the principles of non-discrimination and equal protection, absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between Deptford and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be, totally dissolved for the duration of the Republic""