islington interviews

Everyone has a story. Charlie Perdios, joint owner of Anthony Pepe in Highbury, explains how his passion for Arsenal led to him becoming… an estate agent. Interview by Nicola Baird “My business partner – Ari Theodorou – and I knew Highbury well. It felt like coming home opening our office…
Everyone has a story. For his 26th birthday Ben Foster – known as Frosty – celebrated by running a special Open Mic at the Steam Passage Tavern on Upper Street. Now he’d like you to join the next Open Mic session, as audience or performer, on Monday 4 July at 7pm.…
Everyone has a story. Mavis Ring (nee Devine) who was at home having lunch before afternoon classes at Laycock Primary School when the V1 bomb fell on Highbury Corner (27 June 1944) killing 26 people and injuring 150. Here Mavis, now 80 and living in Essex, shares many other memories about growing…
Everyone has a story. Angel Comedy started off as a one night a week gig at the Camden Head pub but is now one of London’s most popular places to see stand up, seven nights a week. And it’s free. Now the workaholic MC and Angel Comedy organiser, comedian Barry Ferns,…
Everyone has a story. “Happy to Help”, an acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants, opens at the Park Theatre on June 14. Its writer, Michael Ross talks about the challenges of getting a play on to the stage. Interview by Nicola Baird The same week…
Everyone has a story. Urban planner and architect Jonathan Davis may still think about the built environment but he’s switched the focus of his work from creating buildings to producing contemplative paintings to sooth the urban soul at a new Seven Sisters workspace for creatives, The Lumen Studio. Interview by…
Everyone has a story – especially new political parties. In the recent elections in London, Wales and Scotland 350,000 people voted for the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, while in London 1 in 20 voted for a WEP mayor (May 2016). Highbury’s Alison Marshall, a founding member of the Women’s…
Everyone has a story. Carrots, dogs, guillemots, glasses … anything can inspire comic poet John Hegley who spent his babyhood in Newington Green. Here he reveals the bits of Islington that have played a part in his life’s work. Interview by Nicola Baird John Hegley is renowned for deadpan delivery and…
‘Boy’ at the Almeida is a ground-breaking show about what it feels like coming of age in austerity Britain. The play, written by Leo Butler, has a 27-strong cast of which 16 are making their stage debut, including an 18-year-old student from Islington, Duramaney Kamara. Interview by Nicola Baird Duramaney Kamara…
Everyone has a story. Drama teacher Anna Scher has helped thousands of Islington kids develop their acting skills and confidence. An astonishing number of her students have gone on to become famous actors, with many taking key roles in Eastenders. So how does Anna nurture hard work and talent by running acting…