Handheld Arts

Gated Community
by Alex Garfath and Sarah-Jane Wingrove.

“Where one house once stood, there now stands eight.
A whole new neighbourhood, secured behind a gate.”

A Homes Under the Hammer-Horror playfully inspired by Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected and classic films including The Wicker Man, The Exorcist and Rear Window.

Behind the gates of Orchard Mews the term 'housing crisis' takes on a much more sinister meaning for its residents and their visitors. Whether it be the consequence of over protective parenting, a fiendishly high-tech home, or things that go 'burp' in the night, the residents of this new housing development are far from feeling as safe as houses. Presented in portmanteau style, Handheld Arts will buzz you in and show you around eight twisted cautionary tales filled with fun, filmic shadow puppetry and amusing verse.

Nominated Best Theatre Production at Buxton Festival Fringe 2018

The soon to be demolished family home in Kent and Jack lends a hand on keeping the population under control.

Credits and thanks

Designed and written by Alex Garfath and Sarah-Jane Wingrove.

Performed by Sarah-Jane Wingrove, Diana King (2015-16) and Sara S (2017-18).

“Gated Community” song written and performed by James Boston

Huge thanks to Porl Cooper for his continued support, and Jess Kay, Nina Patel-Grainger and Dylan Tate for their work on the initial scratch development of this production in 2014.

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July 22nd 7pm, Studio 3 Arts (Boundary Road, Barking, IG11 7JR), Clout! Fringe Festival

July 13th 4pm, 14th 7pm, 15th 4pm, Underground Venues at The Clubhouse, Buxton Fringe Festival


November 3rd and 4th 9:30pm, The Old Red Lion Theatre, London Horror Festival


February 17th - 20th 7.30pm, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

June 3rd 3pm and June 4th 5pm, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Fringe Festival

June 5th and 6th 7.30pm, New Diorama Theatre, London


November 1st 5pm, Slung Low HUB, Leeds

November 2nd 7.45pm, The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

November 5th and 6th 8pm, Rosemary Branch, London

Work-in-development performance:

September 5th 2014, The Little Angel (HATCH 14)

Little Angel: HATCH

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Handheld Arts are a collective of theatre and arts practitioners, who are graduates of the Central School of Speech and Drama's MA in Advanced Theatre Practice and BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.

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