Rent Party

Season One: 2021

Bringing rent parties from 1920s Harlem to Medway.

Rent parties were held in 1920s New York when African Americans faced disproportionately high rents. They threw wild jazz parties for paying guests to make up the money before the rent collector came round.

A poster for Rent Party Medway with a cast of six performers

Project Details

Lyrici Arts and British choreographer Darren Pritchard are creating a digital theatrical show in Medway this summer! Featuring talent from Medway, and inspired by the style of rent parties, the co-created show will highlight local voices, hidden stories and fierce talent.

Look out for the streamed show in June and July 2021 and keep a close eye on our opportunities for show related news.

This show is part of The Moving Roots Touring Network.

Darren Pritchard

Director Darren PritchardDarren is a performer, choreographer, teacher, producer and director. He’s also a celebrated Vogue performer and the Mother of the House of Ghetto in Manchester.

Darren has 20 years of experience in the fashion, theatre, television and performing arts industries.

In addition to his leadership in the infamous House of Ghetto and pioneering efforts in Black Pride MCR, Darren is also the co-artistic director for the Manchester-based arts organisation Black Gold Arts.

He is Fierce.

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Rent Party Medway

A poster for Rent Party Medway with a cast of six performers

Rent Party Medway

Lyrici Arts and British choreographer Darren Pritchard are creating a digital theatrical show in Medway this summer! Featuring talent from Medway, and inspired by the style of rent parties, the co-created show will highlight local voices, hidden stories and fierce talent.

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