Atomic 50 About

Commissioned by Waltham Forest for the London Borough of Culture 2019, ATOMIC 50: Time Travels in Tin has been created by Blackhorse Workshop working with acclaimed visual performance artist Abigail Conway.

The idea for the installation came from the borough’s rich metalworking heritage, and the world-famous tin toy factories that were in operation here during the 1930s-1960s.  ATOMIC 50 (the number of protons in an atom of tin) is a radical re-imagining of the traditional learning environment, leading participants on a journey through time and metalworking.

With this exciting project, we’re taking a new approach to the teaching of practical skills. Transforming a disused school building in Leyton Sports Ground, ATOMIC 50 is imagined as a ‘ghost’ factory that returns when there’s a need to revive the importance of metalworking skills.

Working with eight local primary schools, we’ll be running free performances for over 650 children from the borough. Throughout the Easter holidays, the experience will be open to the public, for children aged 7-11 accompanied by an adult. So don’t miss your chance to join us as the factory returns!

About Abigail Conway
Abigail Conway is a visual artist who works in the realm of live performance creating large scale installations. Her work crosses many disciplines (sound and video design, music technology, nature, architecture and performance) blurring the worlds of visual art and theatre. Previous projects include: ‘Party Skills for the End of the World’ developed with Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari for the Manchester International Festival. She has recently made a motorbike virtual reality project in Northern Ireland for Sky Arts called ‘Border VR’.

Project Credits
Design by:
Soraya Gilanni, James Lewis for Tin Shed Scenery, Toby Poolman, Bethany Wells, Studio Lux

Lighting by: 
Marty Langthorne

Sound and composition by:
Ross Flight

Costume design by:
Natalie Pryce

Project branding by:
Studio Build

Performed by:
Mikey Armstrong, Elizabeth Bartram, Tyler Cunningham, Alex Donnachie, Katie Fotis, Lua Garcia, Enrique Melin  Lauren Deanna Meredith Stubbs, Toby Poolman.

Assistant Director:
Kira Golightly

Stage Management by:

Adult class development:
Rob Fawcett
Jessica Jue and Made by Ore

Production by:
Harriet Warden, Mhairi McGhee, Helen Mugridge, Sarah Jane Murray, Abigail Viner and the London Borough of Culture Team