The Letters Project began at the beginning of lockdown.
It started from an idea from Nina Bowers, and was co-directed by Nina Bowers, Yasmin Hafesji, Ellen McDougall, Hannah Ringham and Moi Tran.
We made 11 live performances on zoom, with 16 guest performers, in September 2020.
This page is a way to share a bit more of an insight into how we made the show, and the next steps for the project.
We hope you enjoy it!
Every single letter that was written had something honest, beautiful and insightful in it.
Here is a list of the poems each of our performers selected, hover your mouse over to pause the slides:
Letter writing instructions
Please write your letter in the 2 sections outlined below. There’s no word limit.
The last part of your letter includes choosing a poem for the other performer. The poem should be by an International poet.
Please include the date and location at the top of your letter, and open with Dear [Name]
Introduce yourself to the other person. If you want to, you could share something with them that you might not normally say out loud.
Describe your surroundings and what time it is as you write the letter.
Have you ever written a poem before? When? What was it about?
What poem have you chosen to share with the other person? Who is it by, where are they from – what, if anything, do you know about them? Why did you choose it?
Write out the poem.
Find a way to end the letter.
What happened next…
- We begun a project with Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, working with carers from our local area. We made a bespoke performance for them featuring Irfan Shamji and Liz Chan’s letters, and Nina Bowers and Hannah Ringhams’ final letters. We screened the performance and held a Q&A
- SISMO International Festival – two of our Letters performances were selected to feature in this festival:
To view Thalissa and Phoebe’s performance, click here:
To view Nadia and Tim’s performance, please click here: https://sismo.nl/letters-nadia-and-tim/
What’s coming up…
We have partnered with Age UK Kensington and Chelsea to connect older people, some of whom may be caring for a relative, based in our area with our Young Associates in an extension of The Letters Project. We’re excited about connecting people across generations who haven’t met before to write letters each other.
We are having conversations with some national and international partners about presenting future versions of The Letters Project…watch this space.
We are continuing to write Letters to each other.
If you’d like to take part, or have an idea for the Letters Project, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write us a Letter at The Letters Project, Gate Theatre, 11, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3HQ.