TURFED - LIFT 2014
Turfed used the philosophy of football to explore the global issue of youth homelessness
“You can be born in a winning team, with good parents, that coach you, cheer for you. Or you can be born in a losing team: you might be good at playing the game but no one is there to explain the rules, to cheer for you.”
A cast of young artists — some of whom have experienced homelessness in London, while others have been street children in Tanzania, the Philippines and Brazil — used spoken word, sharp choreography and stunning visuals to shine a light on the global issue of youth homelessness. Taking inspiration from the double meaning of the title (the turf of a football pitch, and what it is to be turfed out of home), they transformed the industrial hangar of Hackney Downs Studios with intimate performances of passion,rebellion and hope.