‘Still, Here’ by Black Cab Company, was commissioned by Chats Palace, presented in association with Shoreditch Town Hall as part of Hackney Carnival 2020.
Plus the voices of Black Cab members past and present
Creatives & Crew
Helen Bryer Co-Director
Adam Smith Co-Director
John Kelly Sound Designer
Patrick Collier Producer
Rebecca Pitt Graphic Design
Richard Davenport Photography
Nusa Films Films
About the production
An audio exhibition across Hackney exploring learning disabled life in lockdown and beyond.
Discover a new side to Hackney’s streets in Access All Areas’ walking audio exhibition, Still, Here, launching on the day they would have opened and celebrated Hackney Carnival. Walk the streets of the borough, and hear learning disabled and autistic artists share their experience of lockdown, their insights into life in Hackney, and their hopes for the ‘new normal’. Stop at key locations to hear reflections through spoken word, recorded conversations and found sound.
Still, Here is an invitation to stop, be still, and see-through new eyes. It is a love letter to the places we have missed, a call to action to remember our neighbours and to consider our place in a post-lockdown world.
Dates & Times
13 September – 31 October 2020
There is no set time as the route is self-guided. The entire experience lasts approximately 90 minutes, with stops every 5-10 minutes. Choose to listen to one, a few or all the stops.
How does it work?
‘Still, Here’ is an outdoor audio exhibition on the streets of Hackney.
It has eight stops. Each stop has an Exhibition Poster with a QR code. Use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code. This will take you to our audio recordings of sounds and words spoken by the artists.
The experience is free. There is no need to book. Simply scan the QR code on your smartphone to begin the tour. There is no live performance, so you can enjoy it at your own pace, and start at any time you like.
Begin the experience at the information display outside Hackney Town Hall. You can then make your own way along the route of 8 stops finishing at Homerton Hospital. We recommend experiencing Still, Here in the daytime for maximum people watching, fresh air and lunch spots along the way.
We suggest the audio exhibition is best suited to ages 9+ but we would encourage parents and carers to consider the interests of individual children.
The whole route is outside. It is fully accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter. Each stop will include audio description that you will listen to as part of the experience. There will be a transcript for each stop, accessible via the QR code. An Easy Read visual guide will be available at http://www.accessallareastheatre.org/. For any questions regarding specific access requirements, please contact email@example.com
If you are listening to the audio exhibition with friends, you can share the same experience at the same time and stay socially distanced.
Image Gallery: Listening in Hackney
“Leading the way for diversity in the arts”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I am a university student and travelled down from Birmingham to experience the performance. I have never experienced theatre quite like this and in the current circumstances, I think Still, Here is innovative and essential. It connects people through performance safely and with much care and consideration. Thank you for this performance, I found the last section particularly moving and poignant, the reflective nature of the piece is something I hadn’t realised was well-needed for me!”
“A thoughtfully curated walk… with interesting narration and input from the actors of Black Cab Company.”