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Westking performs at pivotal moment in Camden’s fight against pollution

Thursday 8 February 2018

 

Westking students performed an excerpt of their critically-acclaimed production, Fog Everywhere, during the Camden Council meeting on air quality, last week.

Councillors, Rishi Madlani and Adam Harrison invited the cast to showcase a scene from the play, produced by Camden People’s Theatre, which focuses on a dystopian vision of London consumed by pollution.

The full council meeting, which also featured contributions from members of the public, was specifically about Camden’s dangerously poor air quality. It culminated in an unprecedented commitment to meet the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit on air pollution by 2030.

Westking student, Tobi Bakare, spoke to the Camden New Journal and said he had grown up in Dublin and Nigeria, but had become aware of the pollution when he moved to London. “Even parks were a drastic difference – I asked my friends and said ‘don’t you notice that?’, and they’d say ‘what are you talking about, it’s normal,” he said.

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Madlani tweeted about the performance, saying: “Excellent @Westking cast tackling the deadly serious issue of #AirPollution.”

Likewise, Harrison also commented: “They are so talented. Looking forward to seeing them on the big screen/little screen/stage!”

Camden People’s Theatre Artistic Director, said the performance went well: “Councillor Harrison called our show ‘the Blue Planet 2 of Camden’, because it’s great entertainment that could also change how people behave towards their environment. One of our cast, Tobi Bakare, addressed the council meeting proper as one of five local people invited to share their personal experiences of Camden’s air quality. He’s 17, he has no claim to expertise other than having engaged with the subject through theatre. But when he spoke, every one of Camden’s councillors paid him close attention.”

A huge well done to our students, for performing at such a pivotal moment in Camden’s fight against air pollution and to Camden People’s Theatre for empowering our students that they can affect change within their community!

Read Brian Logan’s blog about performing the play here.

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