A spoken-word storytelling journey written by Paul Hawkins, based on three years he spent occupying properties in London. FLEA tells the story of several characters and a chain of events that began 1990 in the (in)famous squatted community of Claremont Road in Leyton east London.
Claremont Road was a final bastion of resistance to the building of the M11 Link Road. The street was almost completely occupied by protesters except for one original resident, 92-year old Dolly Watson, who was born in number 32 and had lived there nearly all her life. She became friends with the anti-road protesters, saying “they’re not dirty hippy squatters, they’re the grandchildren I never had”.
Flea is a powerfully unpredictable, vivid and exhilarating tale of living outside the noose of regular life and the visceral journey that unfolded.
Performed as part of Boscombe Fringe Festival
Supported by Vita Nova