Off the Cuff Requests Londoners’ St. Pancras Memories

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The Off the Cuff theatre company is appealing to members of the public to contact them with their stories and recollections about Camden, St. Pancras, King’s Cross and West Euston. These London districts are central to their new project, The Hardy Tree Experiment.

It’s a new interactive site-specific experiment that will take place on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM in St. Pancras Churchyard and Gardens. The experiment will be preparation for a new work to be presented in 2006. The work focuses on 1865, when the development of new railway lines caused the dead to be moved from their graves in the St. Pancras Churchyard. Thomas Hardy, then an architectural clerk, was ordered to exhume the bodies.

Nowadays, an ash tree grows from the stack of headstones that Hardy moved, and a press release claims the site is “the oldest site of ritual in England.” With another regeneration of the area on the horizon as the Eurostar Tunnel extension moves towards completion, Off the Cuff plans to highlight the space’s history and role in London life, as well as its place in the life of young Thomas Hardy.

Those wishing to participate are invited to contact Paul Dubois (artistic director of Off the Cuff) by calling (0)20 77392857 or by e-mailing thehardytree@aol.com. For further information, visit www.otctheatre.co.uk.

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