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Filming wraps on our In Common Project

Filming for In Common finally finished on Sunday 27 June – and we’re handing over this week’s blog post to Andy Alty, our creative producer, for his thoughts on this momentous achievement.

IT’S A WRAP (and it’s been emotional…)

After seven gruelling weeks of filming, our three young actors groups have finally “got it in the can”, as they say in the film business.

It’s been quite a roller-coaster with thunderstorms, baking heat, countless COVID-related absences and even a case of chicken pox. We’ve been astonished at the level of commitment some of our young actors have shown in difficult circumstances; extra hours, additional filming sessions, sheltering in the rain and waiting patiently (mostly!) for “their scene” to come up.

Fun on the last day of filming (Act Two)

We’re also impressed by how quickly they came together after the long, dreary months of lockdown and created a sense of teamwork.

I’d like to thank them all- members, parents, carers, friends- for sticking with us through this very difficult year. Massive thanks also go to Cricket Green School for rehearsal space and Wimbledon & Putney Common, Mitcham Common Conservators, Southside House, The Wheelhouse @ Merton Abbey Mills, St Peter & St Paul Primary School and Mitcham Parish Church for generously allowing us to film on their premises.

I’d also like to give a huge high-five to our leaders, assistants and the fantastic crew of casual helpers who have come onboard and helped out.

Our actors have grown comfortable performing on camera (Act Two)

We cannot wait to finally show our In Common films to the world both LIVE at Canons House in September and online.

The arts has suffered massively over the last 15 months – it’s this spirit of determination and the sense of fun that our members have shown over this term which will help us to recover

See you at the screening! We’ll let you know as soon as tickets are released- they’re free so its first come, first served.

Happy summer


Mitch in the studio (Act One)