A look at Peterborough's melting pot
Last year Eastern Angles produced Lincoln Road, a short play inspired by Peterborough's multi-cultural mix. Based on real stories from Peterborough's Italian, Pakistani, Polish and African Caribbean communities, Lincoln Road went down a storm gaining rave reviews in the local press.
Now, a new longer version of Lincoln Road is returning to Peterborough. Playwright, Danusia Iwaszko has extended her play introducing even more familiar Peterborough characters to create a comical and moving ‘everyday story of city folk'.
The story focuses on Gianni, a young Italian/Peterborian and his attempts to unify his friends from the local community. His big ideas are based on the colourful and energetic carnivals of Notting Hill. His aim? To bring dance, food and music together in a festival culminating in a procession down Peterborough's famous ‘Lincoln Road'. But as Gianni soon discovers, idealistic dreams can be difficult to bring to fruition.
Danusia Iwaszko's research unearthed a wealth of stories - some heart-breakingly sad, others tender and very funny. These experiences, ranging from one Zimbabwean man's grief to ‘laugh-out-loud' tales of pushy Pakistani aunties and volunteer Firemen spring to life in Iwaszko's new play.
Lincoln Road is directed by Naomi Jones, whose credits include Flight Path at The Bush Theatre, Talking To Terrorists (Out of Joint) and Eastern Angles' Return to Akenfield which gained glowing reviews from The Guardian and The Times.