100% London

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This ambitious project from Germany's Rimini Protokoll aims to tell the 'true' story of modern London by amassing a demographically representative series of Londoners over a period of three months. Each participant find the next one, who has to fit a specific age/gender/ethnicity/employment profile. It might sound a bit dry on paper, but reports from versions performed in other countries have been ecstatic. Part of Lift 2012.


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For three days ending on the 1st July 2012, the Empire ran a show called 100% London featuring 100 ordinary Londoners who had been picked to represent the population, e.g. 59 white British, four Pakistani and two Chinese. They were also selected to include married with no children and married with children etc. so they covered ethnic origions as well as demographic aspects. They were subjected to a tirade of questions about their views on different topics including wearing a burka in public, who has not had sex for the last year and who has saved a life. There were some very obvious questions which were never asked like “Who smokes?” or “Who had sex last night?” But regardless of what anyone may say about it, the fact is that the audiences were about 550, 500 and 600 for the three performances so it was a very popular show! But as might be expected, the audience was virtually all white, 30-60 years old and one would guess Guardian/Observer readers. Quite serious people too! There was not a single laugh when one of the 100 said he lived in Neasden! The show was accompanied by a small booklet which could be bought for an extra pound and this showed photos of all the 100 with about 30 words cleverly picked from their casting interviews to give an insight into their personality. However, there is not much chance of anything like this ever being repeated in the UK. It was a one off and if you missed it then thats for ever! Tony Glazier