Next month, Channel 4 will air the non-profit play Grenfell: Value Engineering – Scenes From The Inquiry.
The production will be called Grenfell on Channel 4 and All 4 and is a dramatization of verbatim extracts from The Grenfell Tower Inquiry. It will feature an introduction by Jon Snow.
Grenfell sets out to find out why the devastating fire on June 14, 2017 occurred after renovations to Grenfell Tower and who is responsible for the deaths of 72 people.
The play was performed on stage at the Tabernacle from October 13 to November 13, where it was filmed, and at Birmingham Rep from November 16 to 20, 2021.
The dramatic evidence, based on the words of those involved in the current Grenfell Tower inquiry, is brought to life by the creative team responsible for dramatizing The Color of Justice – The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry at the Tricycle Theatre, the National Theatre, in the West End and on BBC TV, and the Olivier Award-winning Saville Inquiry plays Bloody Sunday.
The play is edited by Richard Norton-Taylor and directed and produced by Nicolas Kent, with design by Matt Eagland and Miki Jablkowska, sound by Andy Graham and Matt Price, video by Jack Fone and costume design by Carly Brownbridge. Ivan Strasbourg is director of photography. Peter Huntley and Callum Runciman are executive producers.
Grenfell was bought by Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4. “I am proud that Channel 4 is able to bring this extraordinary play verbatim to our screens,” she says. “It is an utterly shocking indictment of the tragic mistakes, corporate greed and shifting responsibility of so many involved in the Grenfell tragedy – it is hard to imagine a fictional drama so close to the ‘bone.”
Producer and director Nicolas Kent added: “When we produced the play last autumn near the Grenfell site, the production was well received by all four main Grenfell Supporting Organisations. Residents regularly told us that they hoped he would have a future life as they felt it was important that people continue to talk about the systemic failures that led to the fire. We are delighted that Channel 4 has now made it possible for the play to reach a much wider audience.
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