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Theatre company map stories of happiness in South East London

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INTERACTIVE theatre company Invisible Flock are mapping stories of happiness across the country and inviting South East London to share stories for three weeks in the heart of Deptford at Deptford Lounge (August 18 to September 5, 2014).

The stories will be added to a national archive of happiness, and in collaboration with band Hope and Social, will inspire the creation of Bring the Happy live performances at the Albany (September 11 to September 13 at 7.30pm).

Based around a very simple question – What is your happiest memory? – Invisible Flock in alliance with the band Hope and Social create a three-dimensional map of people’s most blissful moments followed by a live set from the band, containing brand new material inspired by each location’s contributions.

Bring the Happy asks people to place a moment of happiness onto a map of their town or city. Invisible Flock have been asking passers-by in towns throughout the UK to describe their key moments of happiness, where it happened and how happy it made them. Each individual memory is then marked onto a large scale map evolving into a 3-D landscape over a three week period.

Running alongside the mapping and performances, Deptford Lounge has curated evenings of free music and spoken word and an exhibition designed to create new happy Deptford moments. Local photographer Anita Strasser exhibits Deptford High Street, a collection of images and stories from Deptford High Street, and music on Friday evenings comes from local musicians including Young Causeway, Cassie Graves and Glenn Munson.

Following the three weeks of mapping, the memories will be used to inspire Hope and Social and Invisible Flock’s live performances at the Albany during a three-night residency. The result is an extravagant portrait of happiness where the audience is invited to toast, dance, laugh and cry during an emotional roller coaster of an evening.

Speaking about the project, Invisible Flock’s Richard Warburton said:

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to spend time talking to people in Deptford about their happiness. Without exception, each time we have the privilege to talk about happiness with hundreds of people, the relationship they have with place and their personal geography, our map of the world is immeasurably illuminated and enriched. It is genuinely exciting awaiting the transformation of our maps from an unpopulated landscape into a cityscape of meaningful moments and memories.”

And Gavin Barlow, CEO and Artistic Director, The Albany, said:

“We’re thrilled to have this exhilarating and uplifting performance coming to Deptford. We are excited to have a project that connects two of our sites, the Deptford Lounge and the Albany, and we’re looking forward to our local community not only being able to watch the performances but also help to create them.”

Bring the Happy is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets (for Bring the Happy at the Albany): £12, £10 concessions, £5 mapping participants (subject to availability). To book, call the box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit thealbany.org.uk/.

For more information visit www.invisibleflock.com/bringthehappy/.