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. Please start a new page for Section 2, so that it is clear for the person reading your letter.
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]
*Before you put in the envelope to post, please take a photo of the pages of your letter! Just in case the post fails us!*
*when your letter arrives in the post – please don’t open until we do our rehearsal together!*
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.
Describe how you are feeling about doing this project, and what you imagine it might be like
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.
So, what’s next for The Letters Project?
We are doing a project with Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, focusing on two letters in particular from Irfan Shamji and Hannah Ringham that focused on taking care of relatives through lockdown. We have made a bespoke performance for them, and Irfan and Hannah will run a workshop for their carers.
- SISMO International Festival – we’re delighted that the Letters show has been programmed to be part of this festival!
Sismo Stories is committed to bringing ground breaking theatre to The Netherlands. Between 23 November – 23 December a carefully curated collection of exciting work from UK stages will be shown online to audiences in The NetherlandsFor more on the festival click here:To view Thalissa and Phoebe’s performance, click here:
We are still writing Letters to each other…we are thinking about how to let this project grow.
If you’d like to take part, drop us an email with the subject line ‘LETTERS PROJECT’ to email@example.com or write us a letter at The Letters Project, Gate Theatre, 11, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3HQ.