by Jelena Budimir
New River Studios
Regeneration? Redevelopment? Gentrification?
Property is a political farce about the London housing crisis, exploring the legacy of successive governments’ lack of vision for housing, and the decimation of council provision. It’s a call to action. It’s set in the fictional borough of Hattenham and was inspired by the regeneration of estates in Hackney and Haringey.
This fast-moving comedy hurls headlong into the housing debate. Hipsters clash with locals, councils find strange bedfellows, and the homeless take over the estate. As house prices rise and rents rocket, is the writing on the wall for what’s left of diverse, patchwork London and its mixed communities? London housing is a farce. And so is this play.
Property was first presented at New River Studios on 16-19 October 2019 funded by the Arts Council. This venue was selected for its location adjacent to Woodberry Down, a council estate that is being redeveloped with a high proportion of new luxury flats. This allowed us access to the local community that have been directly impacted.
Through our post-show discussions with housing experts, the actors and writer we provided a safe public forum for the audience to discuss the dilemmas the play presents. Our partners included Shelter, Cardboard Citizens Theatre, Immediate Theatre and John Boughton.
"Dario Fo on acid...Well done on your show....Amazing achievement to make such a funny play and get such committed performances out of all of them. Well done.”
Artistic director of Cardboard Citizens
"I very much enjoyed it. I thought the cast performed brilliantly too in what must be a pretty demanding production. It's great that, between us, we're helping make housing such a hot and important topic.”
Municipal Dream: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing
“….it helped me understand many different aspects of London life. And it was such a joy to watch. The writing was terrific and I loved all the physical comedy.”
"We all enjoyed it enormously and were inspired by the overall message and loved all the different characters. You certainly had an impressive group of actors. We really liked the comedy as well”
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER