Join a live reading of Angels Descend on Paris, a play by radical gay playwright, Noel Grieg.
Angels Descend on Paris is a play by radical gay playwright Noel Grieg. First performed at The Albany, the play was inspired by Noel’s fear and revulsion at the sight of neo-Nazis on the streets of London.
Lewisham was at the centre of the fight against fascism in the 1970s when the residents took to the streets to confront the National Front in what became known as the Battle of Lewisham. The Albany, at its original site on Creek Road, was burnt down in an arson attack attributed to fascists, possibly because of its association with diverse and inclusive, sometimes radical, creative output.
The play received positive reviews but was never published, leading to its reputation as a ‘lost’ play. In collaboration with Unfinished Histories, we will be presenting a special reading of the play based on Noel’s original manuscript.
This will be a live reading and will be hosted in the We Are Lewisham space in Unit 17, Lewisham Shopping Centre as part of the Where To, Now the Sequins Have Gone exhibition, which documents and celebrates Lewisham’s lost gay pubs.
This event is part of In Living Memory, a programme to celebrate Lewisham’s history and diversity, led by Goldsmiths, University of London with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.