The Croydon Avengers

by Oladipo Agboluaje

Maya Productions, Ovalhouse, and Harrogate Theatre in association with LittleMighty.

Coming to a theatre or school near you this Summer!

Dates and Venues

14 – 16 June – Harrogate Theatre

19 – 23 June – Ovalhouse

29 June & 1 July – Blue Elephant Theatre

Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked vigilantes send Croydon’s crime rate plummeting. They’ve run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help. But Regina’s not happy about it.

 

She orders her media outlet “ Rump News ” to unmask the trio and get them off the streets. Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they are a threat to British identity.

 

Then a freak accident at the Gatwick deportation centre gives the trio powers beyond their wildest dreams. Suddenly they must learn to control them and convince a sceptical public of their good intentions in the face of a hostile media. Can three teenage refugees really become the saviours of a doomed nation?

 

The Croydon Avengers is inspired by our Superheroes:South of the River project that involved young refugees. The play’s unique style blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.

Audience Comments from our workshop production

“It will get [young people] thinking about the role of the media in the way people view each other and issues surrounding race, homophobia, and Islamophobia.” Teacher .

“ funny, irreverent and fast-moving.” 

“I love that it’s made up of mainly women and shows minority groups as heroes.”

A sneak peak at images from The Croydon Avengers Comic, illustrated by Shane Melisse

To learn more about our research and development rehearsal process – check out our social media or our “Behind the Mask” section of our website.

 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Croydon Council and Teale Charitable Trust
Photos by Alex Brenner from workshop production.