EWT - Socially Distanced Community Performances


by Mark Lindow.

A new play for a socially distanced 

Phase 1 - August 2020
Wandsworth Council hosted free, socially-distanced performances of Estimated Waiting Time for local residents in Shillington Park as part of their LOVE PARKS campaign. This was made possible by the invaluable support we received from the Love Parks' team, and the generous financial contributions made to our GoFundMe campaign.

Phase 2 - Spring 2021
Funded by Arts Council England and Islington Borough Council's Local Initiatives Fund, live and recorded versions of Estimated Waiting Time with accompanying well-being workshops are being offered to secondary schools in Islington in March. This phase of the project is part of the Council's 11 by 11 Pledge; a commitment to ensure all children and young people attending a school in Islington have 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11. 

Phase 3 - Summer 2021 and beyond...
The Estimated Waiting Time team are currently working to develop new relationships with local councils and housing associations, and looking to secure funding that will enable free-of-charge performances to take place on housing estates and parks across the United Kingdom this year and beyond.

The continued growth of the project and our aim of sharing the play with housing and educational communities across the country will only be achieved through continued support. All financial contributions are greatly appreciated. 

If you can help us connect with organisations who may be interested in bringing the play to the local community, or if you can offer any other form of support-in-kind, we would love to hear from you.

ESTIMATED WAITING TIME is a play that explores our need for human connection and celebrates the bonds that can be made in unlikely places, at a time when Covid 19 has created even greater isolation within our communities.

Written by Hackney-based playwright Mark Lindow, the play is set in a housing estate playground where two local residents Alyssa (42) and Lewis (15) meet by chance one evening while both looking for a place to escape their home lives. Isolated and lonely, the pair find a commonality, forming an unlikely friendship through their shared frustration with family, the systems failing them, and a love of storytelling. They go on to share their mutual difficulties with families and school, their dreams and aspirations, and the things that hold them back, helping each other see a positive future.

The play shows that hope and possibility can be found even in the most difficult circumstances, and that connections can be made across ages, genders and ethnicities. This message is crucial in building a sense of community, particularly while living with the effects of the pandemic.
 Freelance Director and Jermyn Street Theatre Deputy Director, Cat Robey, directs Holly Joyce in the role of Alyssa. The role of Lewis is played by Aaron-Louis Cadogan who was  cast from a pool of drama school graduates, creating a rare opportunity for a new actor at a time when the creative industries are in crisis.
Exploring themes of loneliness, lack of NHS funding and delayed waiting times, difficulties within the educational system, and the pressures facing carers and young people, Estimated Waiting Time reaches out to those who have limited opportunity to experience socially relevant live theatre.
Thank you! 

The EWT Team.

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Holly Joyce
Cat Robey
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