Human Jam

Human Jam

1 no. saves icon · Contemporary, Fringe Theatre

How do you excavate 63,000 bodies? Where will they go? And what will be uncovered by all this digging?

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30 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Part of Camden Roar, a festival celebrating CPT’s 25th anniversary, Human Jam tells the story of a local park (St James Garden) where work on HS2 has resulted in the largest exhumation of graves ever seen in Europe. Created by CPT’s artistic director Brian Logan and co-devised with Shamira Turner (who you may know from Little Bulb) the show looks at the history of this burial ground through the centuries. People from all walks of life were among the 60,000 buried at the site and the show should be a fascinating insight into life and death in the 18th and 19th centuries—and our attitudes to their remains today, now they have got in the way of transport infrastructure.”


In St James’ Gardens, right on CPT’s doorstep, the biggest exhumation of graves in European history is taking place. Parks and pubs are closing, too. People are losing their homes and businesses. All to make way for HS2’s new railway terminal.

“We late-lamented, resting here, / Are mixed to human jam”

CPT’s epic new docu-theatre event digs deep into a small but stubborn community, an £80bn infrastructure project – and the ghosts of Euston past.

Critic reviews

The community railroaded by Britain’s high-speed transport project turn their ire into a sparky protest show

The Guardian

Interesting but underdeveloped exercise in documentary theatre that has community at its core

The Stage

Among the many wonderful qualities of Human Jam is its capacity to inspire care, having been made with such care itself: for humans, for craft, for detail, for the complexity of social interconnection


Date & time

Show ended
Tue 7 May - Sat 25 May, 7.15pm


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