Grenfell: in the words of survivors
Grenfell: in the words of survivors
84

Grenfell: in the words of survivors London Reviews and Tickets

84%
(11 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
9%
Negative
9%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Must see, Intelligent

About the Show

A new verbatim play about the people at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (11)

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221 Reviews | 42 Followers
100
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you wanna see a total masterpiece and masterclass in theatre not seen anything like this really brings in the community element

Don't see it if your not keen on hard hitting stories with minor audience participation for some of the seats

69 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you care about people and think that everyone should have the right to live in safety

Don't see it if no reason not to. It does cover traumatic experiences using survivors own words, but a safe environment is created

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a thought and sensitive examination of the tragedy and the people impacted

Don't see it if You’re sensitive and the tragedy or want something that is more overly theatrical

334 Reviews | 21 Followers
90
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if A very clever play, which takes a very in depth look at the Grenfell tragedy in verbatim format.

Don't see it if You struggle with difficult themes or plays which deal with very upsetting subjects

114 Reviews | 14 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to know the personal experiences of the strategy

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topics, and don't sit in the floor seats if you don't want to move during the latter part of the show

533 Reviews | 75 Followers
84
Must see, Tragic, Intelligent, Well-acted, Powerful

See it if you want to see a powerful dramatization of a real-life tragedy brought to life by an exceptional ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted and/or a short show. This is a long play that tells a tragic story.

70 Reviews | 8 Followers
70
Slow, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a relatively slow paced verbatim play paying tribute to the community with simple yet effective staging.

Don't see it if you dislike slower plays without a complex storyline, or plays that discuss socio-political issues.

139 Reviews | 11 Followers
60
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Much of this has been done in the verbatim plays. Strangely its more powerful when the real people appear on screen at the end.

Don't see it if Know the broad and shocking story of neglect already.

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
July 21st, 2023

“The ensemble cast performs with a quietly furious intensity, and the production is stylistically economical...A final moment of communion and togetherness feels organised rather than organic, but it’s still very moving.”
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Time Out London
July 21st, 2023

“Saying this play is a ‘fitting tribute’ to its subjects feels a little wrong: certainly the only fitting tribute to the dead would be jail time for the people responsible. But I suppose the ultimate point of this play is to demonstrate that what the survivors of Grenfell went through matters to a wider world”
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 21st, 2023

“A coda, in which the 72 victims are poignantly acknowledged via spot-lit empty seats and a projected roll-call of names, is followed by a short documentary and our requested exit to join a silent vigil outside. That call to activism feels slightly overstated, but if the survivors desire it then, of course, so be it.”
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The Times (UK)
July 21st, 2023

“The performances are impassioned, and by giving extra weight to those who experienced the terrifying events of June 2017, Slovo’s script — provides more insights into what the disaster entailed at the most visceral level.”
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The Stage (UK)
July 21st, 2023

“It’s an urgent call to arms in a battle against capitalist ruthlessness and corruption that is still very far from won.”
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WhatsOnStage
July 21st, 2023

“The 11-strong ensemble give detailed, sensitive portrayals of their real-life counterparts...It becomes clear that it’s the strength of this community, which has been so appallingly stigmatised, that has carried many of these brave survivors through their trauma. The very least they deserve is our love in return.”
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The Arts Desk
July 22nd, 2023

“The piece offers a didactic analysis of a great wrong. And the audience is left in no doubt that this was a great wrong, an avoidable tragedy compounded by human failure on many sides, years in the making.”
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The Guardian (UK)
July 21st, 2023

“Piling up devastating detail, this play with a remarkable cast shockingly lays bare the abject failures behind this disaster.”
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