Justice 39

This summer's big outdoor performance inspired and performed by Luton's young people.

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People Power Passion

Justice 39 is a co-commission between Revoluton Arts and Luton Council for People Power Passion, Luton's pilot Year of Culture.

About Justice 39

Justice 39 by Marcus Romer and Simon Poulter.

Teenagers are standing up for themselves and for three days and nights in August, they invite us to join them.

Join local young people on a journey through our town. See the world through their eyes, examining the justice system, the decisions they face, and the stories that matter to them.

39 people were arrested for standing up for themselves in 1919. They were all working class poor. In Justice 39 we meet those brave men and women who ask us: has anything changed?

Justice 39 is a spectacular active reality exploration of our town, including promenade theatre (where the audience stands or walks about, rather than sits), augmented reality story trails and large-scale projections. These elements of Justice 39 combine to let audiences reimagine the spaces, people and heritage as well as the future of Luton.

Performances will take place on:

  • Friday 16 August, 4pm and 7pm
  • Saturday 17 August, 3pm and 7pm

Direction and production team

Marcus Romer

Marcus RomerMarcus Romer@marcusromer

Marcus' work has spanned three decades in theatre, film and television as a director and writer. He was Artistic Director of the award-winning Pilot Theatre from 1993 to 2016.

He was Associate Artist at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 2016 - 2018, and is currently an Associate and Producer for Collusion and an Associate Artist at Harrogate Theatre. In 2018 Marcus directed for National Theatre Wales, where he developed part of their NHS70 programme with the show 'As Long As The Heart Beats’. He wrote and directed the feature film ’The Knife That Killed Me’ which was released by Universal Pictures in 2015.

''I am inspired by the brilliant and creative potential of the young and diverse community of Luton. They will tell stories that come from their town that can shine a light and be a beacon for young people everywhere across the country and beyond. Working with the participants to bring forward their ideas and to showcase those for the town and community will be at the heart of this as a process''.

Simon Poulter

Simon PoulterSimon Poulter


Simon Poulter is an artist and curator working with digital, locative and site specific art and media. He works on bespoke commissions and curates programmes for organisations nationally and has extensive experience of commissioning and producing artworks that use digital processes. He is currently Director of Collusion, where he has produced a large scale digital programme that includes 5 new commissions.

He is also currently curating a programme of work with Images&Co and Furtherfield, celebrating 150 years of Finsbury Park.

Marcus Romer and Simon Poulter collaborated in 2018 to develop the first Active Reality project ‘Reveal’.


Marcus and Simon will be joined by an exceptional team of collaborators:

Suzann McLean

Suzann McLean will join the team as Performance Co-Director. Suzann has worked extensively on the UK stage gaining praise for her Isabella in the National Theatre's 'Measure for Measure' and for her portrayal of a young Rwandan in the acclaimed play.

Roy Williams OBE

Roy Williams joins the team as one of the project's writers. He is an English playwright who has many awards including the George Devine Award for Lift Off, a BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama for Offside and the 2004 South Bank Show Arts Council Decibel Award. Most recently his play Sucker Punch was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2011.

James McDermott

James McDermott is a young playwright based in East Anglia. Growing up gay in Norfolk he felt like a ghost no one believed in as rural LGBTQ stories were rarely represented. He trained at UEA, graduating with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting and has taken part in writers development programs with Soho Theatre, HighTide, Harts Theatre Company, Menagerie Theatre Company and BFI.

Atiha Sen Gupta

Atiha Sen Gupta has been writing short plays, long plays and everything in between since the age of 14. She is currently under commission to Derby Theatre, is writer-in-residence at ArtsEd and received the 2016 IARA award for Best Playwright. Her work includes 'What Fatima Did' - a play about the hijab, 'The Flood' - a short play examining the refugee 'crisis' created alongside five other international playwrights in collaberation with Theatre Uncut and Teater Grob (as apart of the STAGE festival) and a co-wrote episode of BBC1's medical drama Holby City.

L-R: Suzann McLean, Roy Williams, James McDermott, Atiha Sen Gupta

Justice 39 Performance

Justice 39 will be performed in St George's Square, Luton:

  • Friday 16 August: 4pm and 7pm
  • Saturday 17 August: 3pm and 7pm

Event information

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