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Stratford station to house five-month installation celebrating Joan Littlewood

Mel Brimfield's artwork
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A five-month installation celebrating the legacy of theatre director Joan Littlewood is being created at Stratford underground station in London.

The project, which is entitled The Palace that Joan Built, includes performance, photo­graphy, posters and a film, and is part of a nationwide celebration of Littlewood’s legacy taking place on October 4 and 5.

The project is part of a network of Fun Palaces that are taking place over the weekend. These
pop-up venues for arts and recreation have been created from an idea conceived by Littlewood to bring arts and sciences into communities.

The Palace that Joan Built launches on October 4 with a performance by songwriter and composer Gwyneth Herbert. Other audio and visual artworks will appear throughout the underground station over the coming months.

These include a film by artist Mel Brimfield and posters inspired by archive material held at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Created as part of Art on the Underground, the performance on October 4 will be the project’s biggest live commission to date.

Eleanor Pinfield, head of Art on the Underground, said: “The Palace that Joan Built is a joyful response to the legacy of Joan Littlewood and the local character of Stratford. This celebratory work will delight passengers as they travel through the station.”

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