Nowhere Near London

Nowhere Near London was given its premiere in the main auditorium at the Watford Palace Theatre on Monday, July 4th 2016 see 

20 minute film documenting the process

The play is set in 1948 on one particular London-overspill new town (where the author, John Schad, grew up) and incorporates extensive verbatim use of numerous local historical sources including some testimonies from estate residents.



‘Set partly in Watford and partly in the haunted wing of the English language.’ (Ian McMillan, on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’)

Nowhere Near London (Or, The Late Walter Benjamin)

A room in the late 1940s and four cold men drawn to a telepathic girl who walks with a dangerous Romeo.

Juggling realism, surrealism and even pantomime, Nowhere Near London explores the earliest days of the South Oxhey council estate, the last days of the German-Jewish writer Walter Benjamin, and everyday that has ever been lived in Eden.

Nowhere Near London is adapted from John Schad’s novel The Late Walter Benjamin (Bloomsbury).

Duration: 70 minutes

3 minute trailer