We Are Shadows: Brick Lane

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Be our guest in the land of shadows

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….

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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.

After a successful launch in October 2019, We Are Shadows: Brick Lane is back. The immersive smart phone adventure on foot by Coney & Tamasha is 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 we’d recommend you bring along someone who’s in your ‘bubble’. You can bring along a ‘non-bubble’ pal, but you’ll just have to be two metres away from them – safety first, kids! 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.

The adventure is best explored when starting at Rich Mix, and takes place safely outdoors – but be sure to check the weather before you start! Once you’ve finished your adventure, all players will be treated to post-adventure soft drinks and a chance to meet the team behind We Are Shadows: Brick Lane – just be sure to head back to the square opposite the entrance to Rich Mix.


We Are Shadows is open and available to everyone. If you have access requirements please get in touch with [email protected] to discuss alternative models of the game.

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Written by

Fin Kennedy & Rabiah Hussain

Co-creator and Interactive Dramaturgy

Tassos Stevens


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


Ellie Browning (Coney)


Debo Adebayo (Tamasha)

Digital Producer

Malakai Sargeant (Tamasha)


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