Letter-writing has a lot of benefits. There’s a thrill in the connection between two people, the delight in finding something personally addressed to you, and the reassurance that comes from knowing someone cares enough about you to spend some time writing. But how often do we connect with ourselves? And what is the value of it?
Letters To Myself, a new participatory arts project, consisting of a gallery, workshops, books, events and this theatre show exploring exactly that. It all began when Becci, writer and producer of the project, realised that her and her friends would always be full of advice for others, but find the same source of love, support and guidance blocked when it comes to ourselves. In the show the brilliant Lauren Hurwood and Luca Rutherford read, perform and share letters written by participants to their workshops and online submissions. Forgiveness, praise and celebration, hurt, regret, pain and loss. They’re all covered. But as personal and cathartic as the experience may be, there’s also some joy in the sharing. As Becci says, ‘though they might be about a very specific situation they explore common themes. It’s about our shared experience and all the things that make us human.’
Where? Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY
Travel? Euston Square tube