Despite a lack of financial support externally due to organisations refusal to support 'foreign work', LIFT 1983 presented 21 companies from Great Britain (England and Wales) and Europe (Italy, France, Holland, Spain), Canada, India, Jamaica, Japan, Sierra Leone and the U.S.A.


Welfare State International

The Raising of the Titanic at Regent's Canal Dock, Limehouse Basin


Sistren Theatre Collective

QPH at Drill Hall


Tabule Theatre

Bohboh Lef (Boy be Careful) at Battersea Arts Centre

Sierra Leone

Urban Sax

Urban Sax at Covent Garden Piazza


Cardiff Laboratory Theatre, Jozef Van Den Berg, Pookiesnackenburger, Tabule Theatre, Teatro Titeres La Tartana, Théâtre de Complicité, The Kosh, The Natural theatre Company, The 2 Reel Company, Zippo and Co

Street Theatre at Covent Garden Piazza, Lakeside Terrace Barbican Theatre, outside National Theatre, Paternoster Square, Trafalgar Square

Desperate Men, Harvey and The Wallbangers, Théâtre de Complicité, The Bouncing Czechs, The joeys, The Kosh, and others

Festival Club at Drill Hall

Naya Theatre

Bahadur Kalarin at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith


Natsu Nakajima

Niwa (The Garden) at Lyric Studio


Cardiff Laboratory Theatre

The Heart of the Mirror The Wedding at ICA


Georges Coates Performance Works

The Way of How at Bloomsbury Theatre


IVT: International Visual Theatre

La Boule (The Seashell) at Lyric Studio


Jozef Van Den Berg

Message From One Eye Mother and the the Fool at Almeida Theatre

The Netherlands

La Compagnia del Collettivo

Hamlet Henry IV Macbeth at Riverside Studios


Le Théâtre de la Marmaille

L’Umiak Taller Than Tears at Battersea Arts Centre


The Raising of the Titanic, this event was to prove memorable in capturing a moment in time, both in London’s alternative theatre history and in the fast-vanishing world of traditional Docklands.