A new site specific play by writer Suzy Almond explores what it means to be denied the possibility of a better life. Shape-shifting between the historic and the contemporary, morphing into a chorus that riots, sings and strains for hope, When the Fallen Sang is the story of five lost souls in search of Giles -patron saint of outcasts.
Suzy has been commissioned and written for Soho Theatre, the Birmingham Rep and BBC Radio 4. Her play Waltzing’s for Dreamers won the Westminster Prize. She has been writer in residence at Bloomberg and has run courses for Shelter, the Brit School and
Morley College in London.
When the Fallen Sang is directed by Marie McCarthy and produced by Gemma Lloyd, whose previous productions include One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace, at The Old Red Lion, Islington. 17Percent interviewed Gemma when she was working on One Flea Spare and you can see the interview here on the 17Percent YouTube channel.
Since the 12th century undesirables banished from the city, foreigners, vagrants,the poor and dispossessed have gravitated towards the Parish of St. Giles in London to receive sanctuary and solace. Wren and Pepys complained about the squalor, Hogarth, and Dickens drew inspiration from it and throughout the centuries, the spirit of St Giles, the patron saint of the outcast, has offered hope.
When The Fallen Sang explores what it means to be denied access to the possibility of a better life. Why are the disposed continually drawn to St Giles? And what do their stories have to tell us about how we judge the world around us.
A site-responsive, promenade production set in and around St Giles-in-theFields WC2, an ancient site in the middle of Central London.
Lightning Ensemble is working in collaboration with the homeless charity St Mungo’s on this production.
The play runs to the 20th July, you can buy tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whenthefallensang