The Candidate is the first and last piece of a perpetual cycle. It is a surreal exploration of the family concept, where characters act as family members to fabricate a false reality.

The story is a metaphor for a failed socio-political and financial system in which the role of the family is to prepare themselves to form part of an absurd and competitive system, with no way out. Here, the strange pathologies of human behaviour are dissected and the characters find themselves falling down a symbolic rabbit hole, slowly losing control of events and culminating in an intoxicated awakening that is a celebration of human affairs and rituals.

At the end of 2018, Persona Collective put out an open call to attend free drama workshops, hosted at the Langham Club, a traditional working men’s club on Green Lanes.

Six months of workshops, experiments, improvisation and rehearsal unfolded through role-play, choreography, film, live music, sound and lighting design. The Candidate was co-created by over 30 members of the community aged between 21 and 85, including artists, designers, amateur and professional performers, film and theatre directors, and long-serving members of the Langham Club. The Candidate sold over 150 tickets over 2 sold-out runs.

Cast & Creators

Justine Berthault
Charly Blackburn
Finn Boxer
Francesca Costa
Lorna Crouch
Jo Danzig
James Fowler
Melanie Gautier
Emanuela Giacole
Michael Hall
Megan Hatto
Patrick Heffernan
Xi-Mali Kadeena-Guscoth
Valia Katsis
Sarah Kent
Tom Kim
Emma LD
Amy Mauvan
Lucrezia Pazi
Juan Sanchez Plaza
Irene Sinou
Pauline Superville
Jean-Charles Wadja


Rocio Ayllon - Artistic Director
Karolina Burlikowska - Photography & Art Direction
Emma LD - Graphic Design & Production
Satu Streatfield - Lighting Design & Research
Jack Wates - Scenography & Production
Elina Ahkmetova - Choreography
Antonio Beatriz - Sound Design
James Fowler - Script Development
Kerem Asfuroglu - Lighting Design & Logistics
Maria Armanda Gonclaves - Production
Vaskar Kayastha - Production


Antonio Beatriz - Guitar, Drums
Finn Boxer - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Louise Greenfield - Vocals
Xi-Mali Kadeena-Guscoth - Percussion
Femi Oriogun-Williams - Bass, Vocals, Percussion, Clarinet


Dr. Ruth Cherrington - Historian & Researcher
Olga Lagun - Film & Video


The Langham Club
The Bridge Renewal Trust
Harringay Council
New River Studios
Pallet Paradise
Enliten Architectural Lighting
Kallos Gallery