Peckham the Soap Opera, Royal Court Theatre
The lives and loves of Peckham locals will be played out in an omnibus of ten 5 minute episodes. Each episode will be performed by actors from the local community.
Theatre Local will take a trip to Sloane Square as Peckham: The Soap Opera comes to the Royal Court. In a bumper omnibus edition, directed for the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, it stars a company of community actors.
The lives and loves of Peckham locals will be played out in an omnibus of 10 five minute episodes. Each episode will be performed by actors from the local community.
Somewhere between Peckham High Street and Rye Lane: after an immigration raid at Lashanna’s underground hair salon, Ravi encourages her to relocate to the basement beneath Amir’s corner shop (unbeknownst to Amir of course). Above ground Ed scouts for a job, though Amir puts him off the scent. Across the way Glenda, co-worker Elaine at the Job Centre and Joey make a discovery which may force them into a morning commute to Lewisham. While over at
the station, Linda loses her cat, but falls for a dapper stranger whose pin-striped garms are new to the Rye. The lives and loves of Peckham’s dearest and greatest unfold in this short, sharp, and heartfelt series.
Will Chi-Chi ever finish rude gyal Monica’s hair? Will Amir discover the secret salon beneath his feet? Where is Linda’s cat Oyster? Only Winnie, the Pub Oracle, knows the answers.
Peckham: The Soap Opera was conceived by the writers of Open Court. Lead writers Bola Agbaje and Rachel De-lahay worked with volunteers from the Peckham area to come up with ideas for a fictional soap world set in Peckham and created the story arc for a ten episode series, co-writing the first two episodes.
The Royal Court commissioned eight more writers to write a five minute episode each. The full list of writers is: Brad Birch, Alice Birch, Adam Brace, Robin French, Lucy Kirkwood, Chloe Moss, David Watson and Roy Williams.