Youth Voices 2021

A season of new plays with
Young People in the Lead

During 2021, we’ve been working with young people across our age groups to create 3 new plays about young people taking action on the issues affecting them.

In 2022, we’ll produce these plays with young people taking lead roles at all levels of the productions: young performers and writers; young directors and producers; young designers, stage managers and technicians.

Get a Sneak Peak

Watch the work-in-progress sharings of the three plays below:

by Sophie Ellerby and the Senior Acting Company

About honesty, forgiveness and the power of social media to create change –
both positive and destructive.

“The most ‘alive’ of any online theatre experiences I’ve taken part in.”
– Audience Member

Parched Lands by Pia Ashberry
Adapted by Helen Stanley
and the Junior Acting Company

Vanessa has been playing a lot of the video game – Parched Lands – during lockdown. Has her mind become merged with the game itself?

A new adaptation of Pia Ashberry’s 2007 play exploring young people’s mental health, isolation and fears about climate change.

“I loved watching all of the young people really embrace the new technology. They dealt with the live technical elements of the performance with true professionalism and it looked amazing!”
– Audience Member

Stories from the Playground
by Helen Stanley
and the Junior 8-11s Company

Returning to school after lockdown hasn’t been easy for anyone. Conflicts with friends…family…teachers. But what can our characters do to make a difference?

“I got a bit emotional watching the video clips – our children have been through so much during these times.”
– Audience Member