A new exhibition featuring places and spaces in Stoke-on-Trent which are close to local people’s hearts has opened in Longton Exchange. 

Falling For The City was created by local theatre company Potboiler and features portraits of local people in the places that mean the most to them.

Potboiler is led by local girls Kat Boon, from Penkhull, and Kat Hughes, from Alsager. Falling For The City was created as part of their production, Stoke, A Love Story, which premiered at Longton Methodist Central Hall in autumn 2019.

Alongside presenting the show itself - which told the story of five residents who wake up to discover their city transformed - the company was also supported by the National Lottery Community Fund to explore local people’s relationship with Stoke-on-Trent. This was done via theatre workshops and a pop-up café in the window of an empty shop in Longton Exchange. Shoppers were invited for tea and cake and to share their local love story about the places that mean something to them. 

The company then worked with local photographer Jenny Harper to capture images of people in the places they love.

Commenting on the project, Potboiler director Kat Hughes said: “It’s been wonderful to see the range of places that mean something to the communities of Stoke-on-Trent. The exhibition has really highlighted some of the amazing architecture and places and spaces we’re lucky enough to have in the city.”
The exhibition is available to view until the end of the year in the window of a vacant unit in Longton Exchange. 

The full collection of Falling For The City images can be viewed online at potboilertheatre.co.uk