Fergusons Gang and the Octopus

We have just started a very exciting development period for a playable outdoor and digital show about, and supporting housing activism.  ‘Ferguson’s Gang and the Octopus’

The show is inspired by Ferguson’s Gang- (you can read a little bit about them here) – a group of women who in the 1930’s dressed up as ‘gangsters’ gave themselves, alter egos (‘Red Biddy’, ‘Bill Stickers’, ‘Silent O’Moyle’) and campaigned for reform on conservation policy and town planning. They significantly raised the funds and profile of the National Trust and are well celebrated by the organisation. 

We’re looking into who Ferguson’s Gang might be today, and how we could reinvent them in current housing campaigning. A big question is what place does ‘play’ have within modern housing campaigning. So far we’ve been hanging out with the brilliant Focus East 15 campaign group and meeting writers and researchers related to Ferguson’s Gang. It’s going to be a really exciting journey for us here at Mufti HQ, stay tuned to these pages as I’ll be writing lots about the journey. 

The R&D for Ferguson’s Gang and The Octopus is supported by Pervasive Media Studio and Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund. Without Walls is the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. For more information on the work of Without Walls, please visit www.withoutwalls.uk.com


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