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Selected photos, videos and drawings: activities, games and prototypes produced by local players.

Visit Flickr for a hundreds of images of local events, discussions and play, Play Your Place on Youtube for videos.

Southenders debating, laughing, drawing, playing the future of life, work and play in Southend at the incredible Village Green 2013. Thanks Metal Southend!

Mary and Alex playing  Tate Gallery at the Kursaal by Heidi Wigmore
Mary playing ‘Tate Gallery at the Kursaal’ by Heidi Wigmore, and Alex works with local youngsters create avatars, obstacles and rewards

Discussing the future of the town On Southend Sea Front – July 7th


Asti’s Game Level design – The Only Way is Essex is not the only way
CHiL Young Carers – Southend

Click image to see full set of drawings

Drawing Challenges – Feb 2013

We tested different drawing challenges- draw an obstacle, a reward; act joyfully or despairingly while others draw you. Click to view the slideshows of drawings. Thanks to all the artists at WSD.

Southenders draw the future at Village Green

July 2012: At this year’s Village Green festival Southenders (6 – 80-ish years old) drew landmarks, characters and scenarios for Southend present and future.

You will see drawings of Southend life featuring locals like the father relaxing at a seafront library that serves free food. Or Jo, the happy lollipop lady who’s found a way to make children put their mobile phones away while they cross the road. Also visitors from further afield including extra-terrestrial day-trippers to the longest pleasure pier in the universe, and other aliens who’ve decided to make Southend their home and take part in community growing projects.

A Vision of Inter-species Collaboration at the Southend Transition Community Allotment – The the biggest community allotment ever. It’s 10 years in the future. An alien craft crashes and they are invited to stay. A sustainable way to grow food, inclusive to everyone. Aliens, animals, and disabled people all working together as part of Southend in Transition.


A Road Safety Game by Jo, a Lollipop Lady and Mum


Old Bill Chase Boy Racers on the Sea-front – Making a Game of Southend


The Longest Pleasure Pier in the Universe


Southend Life: Your Rules

Visit the Local Play YouTube channel for all 39 interviews.

The Drawings made at Village Green

WSD Drawing Jam 1

Drawings by students and staff at WSD during the first drawing jam for Playing Southend.
More about the day

This work by Local Play (based on a collaboration between Ruth Catlow and Dr Mary
Flanagan) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License

The free software, that enables anyone to draw, make and play their own platform game levels, developed with Soda was first published to Github October 2013