Our Place, our story

Our Place, Our Story was our community showcase that was devised, written and performed by residents of all ages from the Teesdale and Hollybush estate, which celebrated their lives, the estate’s diverse cultural backgrounds, community cohesion, and hopes for their future.

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THE WORKSHOPS

The idea all started when Teesdale and Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) said they wanted to have more fun and creative activities in their hall and to do something that brings the whole community together.

Our Place, Our Story was brought to life during weekly workshops, happening from May to August 2019, that took place at both Kedleston Walk Community Centre, based on the estate, and also here at St. Margaret’s House.

Director Jessica Amery led the sessions, who has trained at Royal Central on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course and has been forever committed to using the Arts to support and uplift various communities. Jessica works across the fields of Dementia, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Cohesion.

What we GOT UP TO

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Taking part in Our Place, Our Story was truly uplifting for all involved and we’re thrilled at the response it. The love of Bethnal Green and all it has to offer was visible in the sessions as was the participants' pride from those who live on Teesdale & Hollybush estate.

We shared intriguing stories of Tower Hamlets past, present, and hopes for its future and all with an air of celebration of our borough. Throughout our discussions, there was the running theme of Nature and its green spaces as the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) have created pockets of paradise with their own stunning community garden and nearby Nature Reserve.

Our project space at Kedleston Walk Centre is home to a wide range of groups including Irish Dancing, Arabic School, Life-Drawing & the Brownies. Furthermore, our project participants have diverse skills including craft, movement, singing, writing, cooking and a passion for the eating part too! This led our group to discuss how there are fantastically diverse communities working side by side in the local area; however, how often do we get to see each other's talents and creative work?

Local dance groups also joined in these workshops as well, including Ruggieri Dance Academy; Shag Pile Swing Dance School and Salsa-Tropical Dance Company!



The Summer Showcase

Tuesday 20th August 2019 | 7-8:30pm | Hall

Our weekly workshop culminated in a fantastic community showcase on 20th August! The East London Rats guided our audience through this thrilling showcase and shared their experiences of life from the areas nooks and crannies.

They also handed over the spotlight to the talent and phenomenal stories of the residents and creatives of Bethnal Green and wider Tower Hamlets - we had local dancers, singers, campaigners, visual artists and local cooks all involved in the showcase!


LISTEN TO JESSICA & KAT TALK ABOUT OUR PLACE, OUR STORY

*starts at 29.15


St. Margaret's House is delighted to be funded by Tower Hamlets Homes to work in partnership with the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants Residents Association.