Sh!t Theatre return to the Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall to present their latest performance Letters To Windsor House. The duo were in the same room last year with their well-received show Woman’s Hour. That performance looked at how woman are portrayed in the media and with their new show they tackle a different subject. Comedy songs, fantastic humour, important politics and an engaging stage presence remain, but we now witness a show that looks at housing, gentrification and also the special dynamic that only flatmates can have.
Windsor House is a housing estate in London. The location is going through a lot of changes at the moment with homelessness on the rise and luxury flats being built in the area. Becca and Louise from Sh!t Theatre are renting a flat in Windsor House and they keep receiving letters that are addressed to previous tenants. The pair discover it is not illegal to open these letters as long as there is a good reason to do so. This causes the duo to speculate about the former residents and make attempts to track these residents down.
During the performance each former resident of Windsor House is given an assumed back story. This usually involves the performance of a catchy comedy song and also a short video section to set the scene. Here we learn about the changes to the area and see how poor people are struggling and the rich thriving. The result is a funny and informative piece of performance art that totally engages the audience. We are not bombarded with facts and figures instead we are given a visual insight into the area in which they live.
For Letters To Windsor House Sh!t Theatre have teamed up with production company Show and Tell to bring the story to life. This organisation has brought several shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, but Letters To Windsor House will no doubt be one of the most interesting and original.