Hoxton Hall has announced its #CLASS season celebrating working class entertainment.
#CLASS will run at the venue from 31 March to 28 May 2022, offering an anthology of theatre, music, debate, film and comedy firmly rooted in the celebration of working class voices.
Artistic Director of Hoxton Hall Karena Johnson said: “The #CLASS season is a timely provocation in this post-pandemic moment where class disparities were amplified. At Hoxton Hall we are committed to doing our part to build the arts back more equitably. Making the arts accessible to a wider demographic as artists, audiences and participants is essential to the resurrection of the survival of unique local venues like Hoxton Hall.
“At our heart is the drive to be relevant and respond to what our communities need. I have curated these events in #CLASS to have a conversation with and to empower audiences to explore their creativity, and create safe spaces to disagree and celebrate what we mostly have in common. Hoxton Hall unashamedly embraces entertainment and insists that also means high-quality art. ”
At the heart of #CLASS is Hoxton Street, a story of love, secrecy and desperation inspired by the unbelievable reality of local stories. Based on the concept from Karena Johnson, talented working class writing duo Oladipo Agboluaje and Lil Warren have captured the vibrancy of Hoxton by weaving neighbourhood anecdotes with the thrill of the beloved British soap opera.
Each ‘episode’ invites the audience to steer the story by asking them to vote on what happens next in this gripping tale. The full cast includes EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Casualty, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Helen Pearson (Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Emmerdale), Hannah Traylen (Boiling Point, Ridley Road, Call the Midwife) and Nathan Welsh (Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) as the infamous Maynards in this innovative, interactive drama. Hoxton Street’s live performances will be accompanied by a free soundwalk, introducing audiences to the characters in the real-life Hoxton locations that inspired them.
Celebrating Hoxton Hall’s music hall roots, the music programme for the season features an eclectic mix of grime, rap, folk and jazz. In collaboration with Dr. Martens Tough As You campaign, MOBO nominated artist Kojey Radical presents Sound Out, a night of homegrown young musical talent from Hoxton. The season also features Lisa Canny and Fatman Sound.
#CLASS also creates space for vital debates with its C-Word Debates series in partnership with Queen Mary University of London. These genre-defying conversations are led by prolific theatre figures and commentators in the arts.
Finally, celebrating talented performers of stage and screen with working class routes, The Proper Class Podcast is recording its first ever live episode as part of the season, hosted by working-class and queer actor Laura Checkley (King Gary, Military Wives) and working-class theatre director Hannah Chissick (Little Wars).
For more information and tickets, visit hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/class-season/