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East London lecture is written by Jonny Woo – the figurehead of London’s alternative scene – in collaboration with award-winning writer and director Douglas Rintoul and produced by The Mill Co Project.

Jonny Woo proposes that ‘In 1995, in a pub called the Bricklayers Arms, in Shoreditch, the world began’. In this lecture style performance Jonny relieves moments from the scene which, he argues, kicked off the next 20 years of regeneration in East London. Using the text from interviews with his friends from the time, local residents and subsequent newcomers he documents the moments when Shoreditch went from forgotten inner London backwater to the centre of all things cool and discusses the effects, good and bad, which followed in it’s wake. Lively, unexpected and thoroughly entertaining. A life affirming look at urban change and our notion of community.

Writer Jonny Woo and director Douglas Rintoul will be running a small series of theatre workshops here at the Rose Lipman Building.

Local residents 15th Nov 3-6pm Young people 15th Nov 11-2pm Budding actors 16th Nov 1-5pm

These are free workshops and will be highly sought after so get in touch ASAP if you’d like to attend one. hello@themillcoproject.co.uk

We’re be giving away free tickets to The East London lecture. To be in with a chance of winning a pair simply answer this question:

Q: According to Jonny Woo, where did the fashionable East London we know today begin?

A) The Albert Inn
B) The Owl & The Pussycat
C) The Bricklayers Arms

We are hosting a photo competition. The best entries will be shown on the Mill Co. Project site and at the Rose Lipman Building. The winning entry will win tickets to the opening night of Jonny Woo’s East London Lecture on November 27th AND a special Jonny Woo Surprise. We want YOUR photos that capture “Old East London”. Not the super hyper meta fashionista glitz of nu-Shoreditch, but images of the place behind the face. What did East London used to look like – and what clues and hues of that near-forgotten place still remain?

How to enter: Upload your photo, with a title, onto the East London Lecture event page HERE with the hashtag #ELL. Or Tweet us your photo and its title and @JonnyWooUK with the hashtag #ELL.

You can enter up to three times. Closing date: 17th November.


The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ
0207 923 3565

Date: 27 - 29 Nov & 4 - 6 Dec

Price: £10 (£8 concessions)