Speak As You Find performances are this week!

Speak As You Find is a living archive of the stories and experiences of local people, which have been cut and shaped into a unique performance project, led by community arts organisation, Magic Me. Using storytelling, local history and performance Speak As You Find will reveal layers of conversation and shared memories in this intimate project.

Part of a bigger project, Rooms With A View, it has involved more than 100 people of all ages from the East End. A core group, involving older women from the local area and students from the Mulberry School, collected stories and personal histories about living in Tower Hamlets and shaped them into an immersive theatre experience, led by Magic Me’s Associate Artist Sue Mayo, Sound Artist Dan Scott, Designer Amanda Mascarenhas and Tas Emiabata Theatre Practitioner, working with consulting artist Raj Bhari (Co-director of Talk For A Change). This exciting new production will transform a local building, allowing the audience to experience and interact with the stories as they navigate different spaces in an unmissable performance. Moving through the building the audience will encounter connections and disharmony, whispers and shouts, all deeply rooted in the lived experience of the community performers.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England National Lottery – Grants for the Arts and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, this site specific performance experiments with theatre and dialogue in a way not seen before. Stories and experiences were shared and collected at open sessions, informing the themes and content of the performance, prompting reaction and a dialogue with its audience.


Performances will be at 3pm on Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November at The Centre, 32 Merchant Street, Bow, London

Suitable for all ages from 8+

There is an element of walking throughout the building.

Tickets are available from Magic Me www.magicme.co.uk


About Magic Me

Magic Me is the UK’s leading creator of intergenerational arts projects, an award winning charity based in Tower Hamlets. Our award-winning programme brings together younger and older people for mutual learning, enjoyment and benefit.  For more information about our work, visit www.magicme.co.uk

Speak as you find is part of Magic Me’s Rooms with a View project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England National Lottery – Grants for the Arts and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.


About Talk For A Change

At Talk for a Change we believe in the power of dialogue to bring about greater understanding, empathy and stronger relationships between different groups. Furthermore we believe it can strengthen the ‘social glue’, that sense of trust and understanding we all need in order to feel comfortable on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.  We work across the UK and internationally supporting local people to talk about what matters, and building capacity to manage tension and change positively.


About The Centre

Eastend Homes have 3 community centres in the Mile End area available for hire to suit many functions from Parties, celebrations, performance’s and conferences, meetings and an IT suite are also available for hire, check for availability by contacting Mary Olsen on: mary.olsen@eastendhomes.net 0203174 8106

Untold Stories of Good Relations – our final report

We’ve been talking about Good Relations with 235 organisations in 11 different localities. What kind of work is ‘good relations work’? Who is doing it? What are the challenges and issues? And how can we strengthen community relations in local areas?

Untold Stories Final ReportWith our national partner International Alert and local partners; Stockwell Partnership, Newcastle Conflict Resolution Network, ARCH, Centre for Good Relations, Together for Peace, Programme for a Peaceful City, Who is Your Neighbour?, Just Lincolnshire, Foundation for Peace, Aik Saath, Barton Hill Settlement, Community Resolve, Social Action Research Foundation, Global Education Derby, Wolverhampton Network Consortium, Conflict and Change, Involve and Resolve, The Kitchen Table Café, we supported local events.

Over 340 people attended from the voluntary, community and public sectors, including police, youth justice, and local authorities.

Our final report details our findings, and outlines our plans for developing a national alliance for Good Relations.

You can download the executive summary here

And the full report here

If you want to know more, or to discuss how you can get involved contact:


Impact Report

In 2013 Talk for a Change worked nationally, locally and internationally:-

  • incubating a network of Good Relations practitioners with 235 English organisations.
  • facilitating talks about Caste prejudice with faith and social development groups and UK government.
  • supporting 9 community groups in Tower Hamlets to work in their neighbourhoods cohesively.
  • training 65 Local Authority staff in Yorkshire to talk about tough topics undermining good relations with local residents.
  • delivering community cohesion and peace building work with community members, local government and national government in Libya.
  • researching and publishing Building Resilience with Young People and Communities.
  • contributing to policy and practice discussions at 18 UK events.

In 2013 we worked in partnership with:-