Culture Online



Artist Maxi Himpe and researcher Louise Archer, Education, Practice and Society, UCL Institute of Education.


About the project

Fortuna is a devised documentary theatre piece, created by Maxi Himpe in collaboration with Professor Louise Archer and young people in East London. The work is a testament to the complex experiences of East London youth, the state of our education system, and the many paths a life can take. The performance will be presented at Hoxton Hall at the end of March. 

The Fortuna script is based on interviews conducted with a cohort of young people, beginning in 2010 when they were in primary school, and ending in 2022. The script was consulted on by two cohorts of Year 12 students in East London. Through facilitated workshops, participants shared what they sought from art, what they wanted to say about the education system, and their experience attending school in East London. Their voices, ideas, and political insights are included in the production.

Alongside the performance dates below, there will be a display of photographs from the planning and rehearsal process displayed for the duration of the Field Works exhibition.

Photo credit: Yolanda Hadjidemetriou

Performance dates and times:

26 March 2024, 2:30-3:30pm
26 March 2024, 7:30-8:30pm - followed by facilitated discussion with Maxi and Louise.
30 March 2024, 7:30-8:30pm - BSL interpreted

Book tickets

Cast: Simi Akintokun, Scarlett Stitt
Set Design: Miranda Cattermole
Dramaturg: Bri Leung

With thanks to:
Shantene Thomas; School 21; Eoin Barry; New City College; ASPIRES team members: Megna Chowdhuri, Esme Freedman, Qian Liu, Emily Macleod, Emma Watson; Becky Francis

About the artists

Maxi Himpe is a performance director, interviewer, and interdisciplinary artist. They direct genre-spanning work, including cabaret, new writing, adaptations, and verbatim work. Various works have previously been presented at the Thames Festival, the Barbican, Camden Fringe and Oakland Theater Project. Queer sensibility and the question of what art can do for society pervade everything they do. They are a Trustee at the Greenwich Docklands International Festival and work in the Social Practice department at the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA).

Louise Archer is the Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education at UCL. Louise is responsible for the ASPIRES project which is a 13-year, research council-funded longitudinal study of young people's STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) trajectories, age 10-22. It includes extensive survey responses from over 47,000 young people and over 740 interviews with young people and their parents/carers. 

Visit the Field Works exhibition



Hoxton Hall
130 Hoxton St
N1 6SH

Opening hours

Saturday 16 March - Monday 1st April
Tue-Sun and Bank Holidays
Late opening for events

FREE, NO BOOKING NEEDED. More details on the location and accessibility.

Join the conversation

On X


On Instagram