In the hidden crypt under the church, Paradise Street unfolds. Used as an air raid shelter and then place of worship when the church was bombed during World War II, the undeveloped and atmospheric crypt now becomes the performance space for Paradise Street, a new play written by Futures Theatre Company's artistic director Caroline Bryant.
Another night of bombing brings the local community together. As new friends are made amidst the shared laughter, struggles and pain we follow the stories of June and Nell. These young, spirited women set out on their own journeys of self-discovery, where planned and measured futures are momentarily forgotten in the turmoil of sexual liberation and destruction. Circumstances are forever changed in this story of happiness and betrayal.
Women who lived in Waterloo during the War have shared their stories of how they managed the fallout of the Blitz. These stories are the foundation of Paradise Street and following the performance can be discovered in our installation housed within the hidden vaults beyond the performance space.
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