Cambridge-educated Buddhist playwright whose anti-Brexit play funded by EU

The couple reported Boris Johnson to the police and recorded his row with girlfriend Carrie Symonds are ardent Remainers and penned an anti-Brexit play partly funded by the EU.

Eve Leigh, 34, wrote a play as part of the Brexit Stage Left festival, which received funding from Eurodram cultural project.

Husband Tom Penn, 30, is also a playwright and has performed close-up magic and toured Europe as a percussionist. 

The pair were listening through the walls while Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds argued as the couple live in the flat above.

Mr Penn and wife Ms Leigh called the police after they claimed they were ‘frightened and concerned’ by noises coming from the Camberwell flat in the early hours of Friday morning. 

In a statement last night Mr Leigh said his motivation for informing the police was not political and that ‘the extent of my involvement in politics’ was merely voting to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum.  

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Playwright Eve Leigh describing how her work is 'more productive' by being an outsider during a discussion about the Brexit Stage Left project

Playwright Eve Leigh describing how her work is 'more productive' by being an outsider during a discussion about the Brexit Stage Left project

Playwright Eve Leigh describing how her work is ‘more productive’ by being an outsider during a discussion about the Brexit Stage Left project 

But in a now deleted Twitter account, Ms Leigh wrote she, ‘just gave Boris Johnson the finger, this weekend is unstoppable’ and this summer, she added how ‘all Tories suck’. 

A source close to Ms Symonds said the finger gesture came after the former foreign secretary spoke to her while taking down anti-Boris posters, which Ms Leigh said she played no part in. 

She also previously claimed Theresa May had brought in ‘insanely cruel policies’, that Brexit was ‘racist’ and the Home Office was ‘lower than vermin’ as well as criticising Mrs May’s policies as ‘insanely cruel towards immigrants, poor people and people of colour’.  

Ms Leigh also wrote: ‘If you feel sorry for her [Mrs May], have a look at yourself.’ 

Her anti-Tory tweets on her account, which had been active for seven years, dated back to the Occupy London protests in 2012 when Mr Johnson was the capital’s mayor. 

That year she also co-wrote a production about the Occupy London protests that camped out at St Paul’s Cathedral.  

Last week Ms Leigh wrote on Twitter that Tories were ‘pretending to respect the memories of the Holocaust dead’. 

Ms Leigh is an ‘experimental playwright’, a former palm reader and her partner also performs close-up magic, according to an interview in The Stage.

Eve Leigh and Tom Penn got married in March (pictured). Mr Penn recorded Mr Johnson's row with Ms Symonds - who lives below their £720,000 flat

Eve Leigh and Tom Penn got married in March (pictured). Mr Penn recorded Mr Johnson's row with Ms Symonds - who lives below their £720,000 flat

Eve Leigh and Tom Penn got married in March (pictured). Mr Penn recorded Mr Johnson’s row with Ms Symonds – who lives below their £720,000 flat

Ms Leigh (second from right) wrote an anti-Brexit play for the Brexit Stage Left festival. She is seen here discussing how works are translated with critics and academics

Ms Leigh (second from right) wrote an anti-Brexit play for the Brexit Stage Left festival. She is seen here discussing how works are translated with critics and academics

Ms Leigh (second from right) wrote an anti-Brexit play for the Brexit Stage Left festival. She is seen here discussing how works are translated with critics and academics 

Earlier this year, one of her plays appeared in the Brexit Stage Left festival in London, a celebration of European theatre sponsored by a network of dramatists that is part-funded by the European Union.

Brexit Stage Left saw a group of stand-up comedians touring Europe performing ‘cutting edge’ plays from across the EU’. 

The project held in January received financial backing from Eurodram, a cultural campaign funded with Brussels cash.

Eurodram’s website reveals it is ‘co-funded by the Creative European Programme of the European Union’, which is a a £1 billion EU cultural project.

Brexit Stage Left was also funded by The Arts Council England, The British Academy and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

In an interview with The Stage magazine, Ms Leigh, who went to Cambridge University on a scholarship, also complained of funding cuts to the arts 

She told the publication: ‘It [cuts] does lead to conservatism. It’s much easier to programme someone with a track record. A lot of people are very frustrated. There aren’t many opportunities and you have to stick around.’

Ms Leigh described her work as attacking the ‘huge ugly edifice of capitalist heteropatriarchy’.

Recently she created an ‘interactive installation’ called Climate Games at the Laboratory of the Insurrectionary Imagination festival in Paris. 

Mr Penn, who was born in Cambridgeshire, is a trained percussionist and singer who has performed throughout Europe.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who accused Mr Johnson of spilling red wine on her sofa and ordered him to 'get off me' and 'get out of my flat'

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who accused Mr Johnson of spilling red wine on her sofa and ordered him to 'get off me' and 'get out of my flat'

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who accused Mr Johnson of spilling red wine on her sofa and ordered him to ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’

Ms Leigh tweeted how she 'gave Boris Johnson the finger'. She reportedly made the gesture after speaking to the former foreign secretary as she put up anti-Boris Johnson posters near the Camberwell home of Ms Symonds

Ms Leigh tweeted how she 'gave Boris Johnson the finger'. She reportedly made the gesture after speaking to the former foreign secretary as she put up anti-Boris Johnson posters near the Camberwell home of Ms Symonds

Ms Leigh tweeted how she ‘gave Boris Johnson the finger’. She reportedly made the gesture after speaking to the former foreign secretary as she put up anti-Boris Johnson posters near the Camberwell home of Ms Symonds

He is a member of the Little Bulb Theatre in Surrey and tours in the southeast of England. The 30-year-old is also a playwright and has written six plays, according to an online biography.

Raised in New York by a musician father and visual artist mother, Abby, Ms Leigh directed her first play at 16 and lived in a £15 million home.

Her father was American Broadway composer Mitch Leigh who wrote the 1965 Broadway musical Man Of La Mancha, which included the huge hit The Impossible Dream. He died in 2014 at the age of 86.

She moved to the UK at 18 and has previously said her family originated from Ukraine.

Ms Leigh, who married her partner Tom in March this year, has previously written plays that featured the refugees crisis, ‘subversive storytelling’ among Soviet dissidents and child abuse as subject matter.

She has written plays about Buddhist practices and about coming from a Jewish background. 

Her religious outlook influenced the theme of her most recent play, The Trick, which covered ageing and coping with grief. 

Ms Leigh bought her flat, which was formerly occupied by council tenants, above Carrie Symonds’ apartment for £720,000 in April last year. 

According to The Guardian, Mr Johnson was heard refusing to leave the flat in a recording made by Mr Penn, with Ms Symonds then telling Johnson he had ruined the sofa by spilling red wine.

In the recording Mr Johnson can be heard shouting ‘get off my f***ing laptop’ before a loud crashing noise is heard.

Ms Symonds was also said to be heard telling Mr Johnson him to ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’.

She then tells him: ‘You just don’t care for anything because you are spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.’

At a hustings event in Birmingham today, Mr Johnson, 55, flatly refused to answer questions about the explosive row with 31-year-old Miss Symonds – who did not attend the event.

Police left the scene on Friday and no action was taken by officers. 

One neighbour in the building said: ‘It concerns us that someone inside the house has been recording things.

‘I am sorry Boris and Carrie have had to put up with this nonsense.’

 

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