Lu Kemp: Have Your Circumstances Changed? (2015)

FADSHub & Cafe has been completely taken over for the month of June by Artangel and transformed into an exciting and thought provoking project.

Have Your Circumstances Changed? Is a triptych of performance duets showing the intimate routine of an older man’s daily life.  Running from 3 - 28 June 2015 in the evening and weekends. 

About the project:

15-minute performances by director Lu Kemp, with older men from Islington and collaborators Elena Peña, Cis O'Boyle, Ben Lewis and Jamie Vartan. 

Have Your Circumstances Changed? is a is funny, dark and problematic set of theatrical duets between an ageing man and a growing boy. Developed through collaboration led by Lu Kemp with older men in Islington, these performances will confront passers-by with the intimate routine of an older man’s daily life. The choreography of their everyday actions questions the quality and responsibility of care within contemporary society.

Taking place in three domestic settings, kitchen, living room and bathroom, Have Your Circumstances Changed? raises broader questions about human vulnerability as more of us live longer and need to adapt to the challenges of daily life – at a time when we are at our least adaptable. And who has the responsibility of care in this extending period of life?

Book your place to see Have Your Circumstances Changed? now. To offer the opportunity of experiencing the work to as wide an audience as possible Artangel are operating a 'pay what you can' policy, with a suggested donation of £12 to secure your place to see all three performances.

You can book through Eventbrite click here.    A limited number of tickets for each individual element will be available on the door daily, on a first-come first-served basis.

Have Your Circumstances Changed? is a project developed by Artangel in partnership with Age UK Islington, St Luke’s Community Centre, Central Cookery School, and Vital Arts. Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, co-produced by Islington Council for the Word Festival.

About Artangel:

Artangel are based in London but working across Britain and beyond, they commission and produce exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

About the Artist:

Lu is an award-winning theatre director and dramaturg, working across new writing, devised theatre and dance. Recent work includes Bondagers for the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh: ' brilliantly hellish an evocation of modern slave labour as I have ever witnessed in a theatre' The Sunday Herald; and Titus which won the Victor Award at IPAY 2015 in the USA and continues to tour internationally: 'clarity and force... a completely compelling piece of theatre' The Scotsman. Lu is associate artist for Inspector Sands, for whom she directed Mass Observation and If That’s All There Is. She will direct The Lounge, a new piece about our attitudes to aging, for them in 2016. Lu trained on the LEM at Lecoq, Paris, and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, New York.

Have Your Circumstances Changed?

Girdlestone 3rd Age Group Artists Show Case at FADS Hub & Cafe Archway

Cube Space is delighted to be hosting a private view displaying works by the Girdlestone Art Group working with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall at FADS Hub & Cafe on Thursday 14 May.  The project is a shining example of the great contributions for/by the local Archway community.

The Girdlestone Art Group was established in 2013 by Daniel Baker, Cubitt’s  Education Co-Director and Liza Durrant, Community & Service Development Officer, Islington Council as an opportunity for members of the local community around Archway to participate in varied art projects with a professional artist.

The group meet at Girdlestone Community Centre once a week and over biscuits and cups of tea, set about making collages, paintings, murals, sculptures and all manner of artistic endeavours. 

Since it’s beginning the group has worked with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall. Originally comprising of only two or three members, word slowly but surely spread and the group has grown to become the lively, happy centre of creativity that it now is! 

The project aims to add extra value, enhancing the lives of people living on the Girdlestone Estate, by providing the opportunity to try and develop new making skills, as well as sharing and strengthening creative ideas.

This exhibition celebrates the work produced during these workshops and showcases the participants’ own creative practice.

Cubitt is an artist-run charitable cooperative in Islington, London. It delivers its mission through a gallery providing unique development opportunities for curators, a large-scale grassroots education and community programme and the provision of affordable artist studios. Since its founding in 1991, Cubitt has grown into an internationally respected centre for artistic practice, curating and education.

Cubitt’s Education programme was established with the aim of developing long-term projects that emerge from and meet local needs. Cubitt Education now operates a large network of regular artist-led activities in local schools, community centres and youth settings. It’s work aims to support social cohesion, break down barriers to participation and support individuals to live culturally rich and socially fulfilled lives.

For further information on Cubitt Education visit and for Girdlestone Art Group see their blog


Cubitt Artist Darren Marshall

Barista Academy graduates get awarded at FADS

Following three rounds of our successful Barista Training Academy with Coffea Arabica at FADS Hub in Archway, our amazing, local Islington community candidates Javier, Grace, Amina, Barney, Carla, Tim & Amelia were all presented with their ‘Barista Certificates’ on Thursday 20 November 14 by Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts.

 The intensive Training Academy provided by Daisy Rollo of Coffea Arabica, who has worked with the London School of Coffee for 7 years as a lead trainer, is part of our ongoing work at FADS, the community hub & space within the Hill House development project in Archway. Two full days of training followed by a complete assessment will enable our candidates to secure jobs in the coffee & cafe industry.

 On the first day candidates learn about the origins, cultivation, processing, roasting and the perfect extraction. Then look at milk texturing followed by the menu and how to deliver each of these drinks and finally finish by equipment cleaning and maintenance.

 The second day is a practical day where candidates are delivering drinks to customers at the FADS coffee bar, looking particularly at quality and consistency. After the training and further days experience working in FADS cafe they will be assessed and receive a Barista certificate.


And staying with coffee:

 Having developed partnerships with other amazing companies in this fashionable industry including Climpson & Sons for our coffee and La Marzocco UK who supply our machines we delighted to bring to BL-NK in Old Street La Marzocco’s ‘Out of the Box’.

 The La Marzocco UK event will shine a light on the coffee industry with interactive workshops, Q&A panels with industry leaders, the UK latte art championships plus live music, craft beers, street food and more! 

 You can register to attend Out of the Box at:

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