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Grenfell: Value Engineering
& VALUED Education Programme

Presented by Nick Of Time Productions LTD in association with The Playground Theatre
Edited by Richard Norton-Taylor & Directed by Nicolas Kent

Running on stage at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, 13 October – 13 November 2021
& Birmingham Rep, 16-20 November 2021

VALUED Company performance running at The Playground Theatre on Sunday 28th November at 19:30, 2021



For the past four years, award-winning verbatim playwright Nicolas Kent, has been working with journalist Richard Norton-Taylor, to compose a play using the spoken testimony given to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Opening on the night of the fire, with witness statements of the firemen at the scene, we hear the accounts of those responsible for the disastrous refurbishment of the Tower.

A not-for-profit venture, Grenfell: Value Engineering – Scenes From The Inquiry will be performed at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill Gate from the 13th October – 13th November. It is produced by the same creative team behind The Colour Of Justice at the Tricycle Theatre about the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.


To accompany this production, we at The Playground Theatre organised an important and inspiring education programme, VALUED, for London schools. The programme included a matinee performance of the play on the 14th October or the 4th November, two in-school pre- and post-performance workshops that discussed its themes and theatrical devices, curriculum-aligned resources to continue classroom learning, and the opportunity for students to participate in a week-long creative verbatim retreat at The Playground Theatre. The cost was only £500 in total for 30 KS4/5 students per school.

Our workshop leaders are highly experienced at delivering trauma-informed work through our existing community outreach programmes with local hospitals and schools. The programme was devised with the highest levels of care and sensitivity, with advice from community representatives and an NHS specialist, and students came away integrating the insights they gained from the play and workshops into their wider life experiences.


On Sunday 28th November, The Playground Theatre hosted a powerful verbatim response performance, made up of speeches made by community members and  by the VALUED Company, made up of students from our schools.


We have created a free, downloadable resource pack. Designed to support continued learning in the classroom, it provides more information and images about the play, the company, our workshops, the fire, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the history of Verbatim Theatre.


Workshop 1 Plan: Themes and Devices

VE workshop 1

Workshop 2 Plan: Reflection and Response

VE workshop 2