New Parkour Theatre Performance Will Expose Modern-Day Slavery

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Parkour theatre company Justice in Motion will be showcasing their latest show, On Edge, on Ken Aston Square on 16 October.

On Edge seeks to highlight the prominence of modern slavery in the construction industry by mixing outdoor theatre with choreographed parkour. The National Referral Mechanism Mechanism has identified an increase of reports of potential modern slavery victims in the UK in the second quarter of 2021, a 7% increase from the last quarter and a 42% increase from the second quarter of 2020.

The set has been designed and constructed by David Marmet and Phil Goldney, while Quentin Lachapele is the composer and sound designer, and Olivia Altaras is in charge of costume and stage design.

The piece has been commissioned by Brighton Festival and Out There Festival of International Street and Performance Arts. It will be part of the Circulate festival, bringing outdoor arts to various locations throughout Redbridge in partnership with outdoor theatre consortiums Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and Without Walls. On Edge will also receive public funding from Arts Council England.

Justice in Motion is an Oxford-based physical theatre company that creates performances inspired by victims of injustice. Their aim is to spark debate and uncover subjects that are removed from the public eye. On Edge will also be accessible to blind or visually impaired audience members who can use provided headsets to listen to a descriptive commentary of set design, facial expression, and other visual cues.

Words by Elizabeth Sorrell


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