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Former Beckenham schoolgirl produces play set on London night bus
A FORMER Langley Park Schoolgirl is combining a full-time museum job with a new play set on a south London night bus.
Crystal Palace-born Anna Landreth Strong told Vibe how “crawling around reciting Brecht” at the Beckenham school shaped her artistic sensibilities and what audiences can expect from City Love.
The play is on at the Bussey Building in Peckham next month and focuses on a chance meeting between two characters on a number 12 bus.
Anna, who is a producer in The Orange Line Collective theatre company as well as a project coordinator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, said: “I remember I was so excited when I got into Langley Park, I didn’t want to have to go to school with boys.
“It was a very formative period and I had a really inspiring teacher Brigid Doherty.
“I found my taste at university so different to a lot of other people, they were into musicals or Stanislavsky and I had spent my theatre studies classes crawling around on the floor reciting Brecht.
“I’m really excited about City Love. We wanted it to be in Peckham because it’s all about south east London connections. We even have a designer from Goldsmiths who is doing the costume.”
The 25-year-old, who left Langley in 2005, gives her tips for others wanting to break into the theatre world.
“You should pick a project you care about and are inspired by. You are going to give a lot of time to it and it’s important you believe in it.
“And drink lots of coffee.”
City Love is on at the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye between September 9 and 28 and tickets start from £10.
For more information, call 0844 477 1000.
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