We Are Shadows: Brick Lane

A Coney & Tamasha Digital joint project in collaboration with Rightful Place Theatre Company, supported by Derwent London and Rich Mix

Be our guest in the land of shadows

There are ghosts in these walls if you listen hard enough

And if you’re here after dark

You might even catch a glimpse….

Join Tamasha artist Afsana Begum and her collaborators from community theatre company Rightful Place, all Brick Lane locals, as they guide you on an adventure around the place they call home. Beyond the curry house strip and trendy bar culture, this place has history. Come and discover the real Brick Lane – from Bengali laskars to Satanic wedding guests, local wrestlers to the street’s most successful family  – these people have cast their shadows onto these pavements and invite you to see Brick Lane as you’ve never seen it before.

WE ARE SHADOWS: BRICK LANE is an immersive smart phone adventure on foot by Coney & Tamasha, inspired by where we live: E1 in Tower Hamlets.

Participants’ adventure will begin with a phone call on their mobile phones from which they will be navigated through and around Brick Lane, taking them on a magical-realist journey where shadows are revealed around every corner. The game is for playing in pairs, so try to bring along a pal. However, it can be played individually too – whatever you prefer.

With game design by BAFTA award-winning Coney and written by Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy (HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND) and playwright Rabiah Hussain (SPUN), and directed by Sita Thomas (TOP GIRLS), your adventure will last around an hour.

It’s free, and there’s no need to book. All you have to do is download the instructions, then text “We Are Shadows” to 07481 340 803 to begin. The adventure is best explored when starting at Rich Mix, and takes place outdoors – so be sure to check the weather before you start.

WE ARE SHADOWS is open and available to everyone. If you have access requirements please get in touch with ellie@coneyhq.org to discuss alternative models of the game.

Age limit: 12+

Creative Team

Writers Fin Kennedy & Rabiah Hussain

Co-creator & Interactive Dramaturgy Tassos Stevens (Coney)

Director Sita Thomas

Creative Associate Afsana Begum

Sound Designer Sarah Sayeed

Screen Design & Programming Ed Naujokas & Tassos Stevens 

Rightful Place Theatre Community Consultants

Reshma Begum

Nowshin Sweety

Sabina Khan

Runa Hoque

Ferdous Ahmed

Production Team

Producer Ellie Browning (Coney)

Digital Producer Malakai Sargeant (Tamasha)

Producer Debo Adebayo (Tamasha)