33% London

33% London is for young people who have not yet accepted their first professional contract.

33% London builds on Ovalhouse’s strong tradition of youth leadership.

33% London is creating a new audience of theatregoers while engaging with hard to reach communities through work with their artists.

33% is the percentage of Londoners under the age of 26.

Supporting some of London’s brightest and diverse new generation of artists to develop their practice and professional aspirations through the participatory route.

Originally conceived and designed by young people 16-25 years, works to date include: Kitty Withington's The View From Down Here; Alex Rand's If the Lights Are Too Bright; Ambreen Razia's The Diary of a Hounslow Girl and The Paper Project’s Safina Al-Hayat (or Life Boat).

Kitty Withington's The View From Down Here

In the flats where seventeen year old Christie lives, nothing really changes and nobody ever leaves. She and her friend Danny spend their lives sitting in the stairwell, playing scratch cards in the hope of a big win. 
But when her love of drawing offers her another way out, and Christie starts to imagine a life elsewhere, she realises she must face leaving the people she loves more than anything else. The View from Down Here was a play about being young, about love and friendship, moving on and standing still.

Alex Rand's If the Lights Are Too Bright

It’s September 2014, Felix is travelling to the Philippines to visit his mother but ends up stranded in Hong Kong for one weekend. Felix meets Bunny and through a haze of sight-seeing, wild nights and the pulsing undercurrent of political change, these two philosophise on chance encounters with a stranger on the other side of the world.

If the Lights Are Too Bright was Canadian-born, Alex Rand’s first full length play. Set against the backdrop of the recent Hong Kong protests, it explores questions about citizenship, where your true “home” is, and how a little document such a passport can hold so much power in deciding your fate and who has the control?

Ambreen Razia's The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London. This is a debut play from Ambreen Razia, a British Pakistani writer and actress.

The Paper Project​

The next 33% commission went to The Paper Project. The Paper Project began as collaboration between a group of young migrant artists at Ovalhouse and Counterpoints Arts working with Mark Storor, an award-winning artist and theatre director who specialises in collaborating with participants who are on the margins of society. The first project was a cross arts, site specific, promenade performance exploring the artists experience of migration and was dedicated to the 155,000 undocumented, children living in the UK.

Their new piece for 33% was Safina Al-Hayat (or Life Boat), which developed these themes and responded to the migration crisis. The Paper Project performed the piece in October 2015: the archived event information can be seen here.

Read more about the Paper Project here.