Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Local

Local stories, global stage

We are passionate about sharing our work and our stage with those who live and work locally. Through Donmar Local, we work in our home boroughs of Camden and Westminster to produce work that celebrates the stories and voices of our community, and share programmes which use theatre as a way to encourage discussion and debate.

To find out more about Donmar Local or to hear how you can get involved please email local@donmarwarehouse.com


Monuments

This is the story of young Londoners today, in the historic year of 2020, told by Londoners today.

Young people have reimagined activism. They are pushing for political action and organising in ways we have never seen before. Change is on the horizon.

This year, anti-racism movements have swept the globe, toppling statues and rising up against icons of the past. As these international tides are shifting, Britain’s own history has been thrown into the limelight: what really happened during the British Empire? And why do we still celebrate its leaders?

MONUMENTS is a Donmar Local project investigating the ways in which the British Empire still exists today. Led by director Sara Aniqah Malik, an ensemble of local young people of colour will work with writer Nessah Muthy, director of photography Femi Awojide and movement director Kane Husbands to produce a bold short film exploring the change they are looking for in the world.

MONUMENTS will be released online in January 2021 via the Donmar’s social channels.

Monuments

A Donmar Local project investigating the ways in which the British Empire still exists today.

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Holborn Community Association

Thanks to the generous support of the Clore Duffield Foundation, we are proud to be partnering with Holborn Community Association (HCA) to collectively support the local community at a time of increased isolation. HCA are taking up residency at our Dryden Street rehearsal site, with weekly creative programmes for early years through to elders.


Isolate Ensemble

In April, we assembled a group of artists to work with the Donmar’s Resident Assistant Directors to document the extraordinary experience of a nation in lockdown. The Ensemble produced a short film in June and have continued to engage with us through a masterclass series, including workshops led by actor Juliet Stevenson and Blindness creative team members Simon Stephens and Ben and Max Ringham.


Assembly

The inaugural Donmar Local Company were due to share their production of ASSEMBLY on the Donmar stage in July.

The company, made up of 25 residents from Camden and Westminster, met for the first time in early March but as lockdown arrived, rehearsals had to pause.

Since then, the company has kept in touch, both with each other and with Assembly writer Nina Segal and Director Joseph Hancock. As the group discussed how they were spending their days, Nina and Joseph set them the task of recording their lives in lockdown:


With thanks to all those who support our Donmar Local programmes

With thanks to the following Discover supporters who have enabled Monuments:

Adam & Victoria Freudenheim
Anonymous
IHS Markit
Oak Foundation
The Boris Karloff Charitable Trust
The Chapman Charitable Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation
The Steel Charitable Trust
The Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Universal Consolidated Group
Westminster City Council

We are extremely grateful to the Clore Duffield Foundation who have awarded the Donmar a grant to support our community and education work during the pandemic.