Town Criersperformance for outdoor spaces / 2023
available for booking

Town Criers is an outdoor performance co-created with local community participants. Donning the traditional livery of town criers, with bells and paper scrolls, they shout, on the streets, at the tops of their lungs.

But these town criers don’t just deliver the news of the day. They may choose, instead of making top-down pronouncements, to ask questions, share secrets, crack jokes, demand things from the powers that be, tell the world how they feel. 

What would people not used to being given a platform to speak choose to say? What means or methods of speaking in the streets are permitted? What is unsaid or unprocessed in our society? Could the town crier’s crystal clear delivery be used to express fear, uncertainty, doubt?

There is no microphone, no technology, no media to amplify the choir of criers -  just a costume and the permission to make oneself heard.
Lead artists: Clara Potter-Sweet and Ben Kulvichit
Performers [Camden]: Dan Badger, San Devan, Dorothy McDowell, Francesco Pelliccio, Debbie Radcliffe 

Performance photos: Claire Haigh, Zbigniew Kotkiewicz
Rehearsal photos: Matt Mahmood Ogston

The first iteration of Town Criers was commissioned by the Developed on Drummond Street partnership (Old Diorama Arts Centre and Camden People's Theatre).
> 29 July 2023 / Regent’s Roots, Regent’s Park Estate Community Festival
> 01 July 2023 / Tolmer’s Square Festival

Read our interview with Old Diorama Arts Centre about the project.

THE TOWN CRIERS DID PROCLAIM...The Camden criers spoke about: the literary concept of good vs evil, HS1 and commercial over-development in Camden, lived experiences of homelessness, the four-day work week, and falling in love.