1912, by Edd Mustill
'1912' paints a portrait of that year on the streets of the East End of London. Taking figures from the Jewish tailors' and Irish dockers' unions, and delving into a web of anarchist clubs, Sufragettes, British policemen and foreign spies, it explores radical thought and repressive forces on the brink of European war. The ferocity of these battles and the interlocking strength of its diverse communities made London's East End a beacon of industrial hope and struggle.
Over the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, we hope to shed light on this forgotten era, and to show that the same issues exist today. Two ghostly figures, legendary anarchist Peter the Painter and Britannia herself, present the audience with this story and tussle over alternate versions of history.
'1912' was presented in a reading at Sugarhouse Studios, Bow, in October 2012, along with a program of film and spoken word exploring the East End's Jewish communities. It was performed by Marie Hamilton, Lucy Wray, Jack Monaghan, Edd Franklin, Pablo Navarro-MacLochlainn and Jacob Lloyd, and directed by Kate O'Connor.
We are currently working on further drafts of 1912, which may or may not include the mystery surrounding a vicious murder on the streets of Whitechapel.