Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors is an anthology of work written for actors aged 11-25. Ideal for youth theatre groups, schools and amateur dramatic companies, it contains a diverse selection of plays suited to large casts and ensemble performance. Varying in style and subject matter, the plays offer performers, directors and designers a range of exciting challenges: from recreating the mythological world of The Odyssey to a dramatisation of two hundred years of slavery that ...
Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors is an anthology of work written for actors aged 11-25. Ideal for youth theatre groups, schools and amateur dramatic companies, it contains a diverse selection of plays suited to large casts and ensemble performance.
Varying in style and subject matter, the plays offer performers, directors and designers a range of exciting challenges: from recreating the mythological world of The Odyssey to a dramatisation of two hundred years of slavery that will take the audience on a journey from eighteenth century Africa to 1990s London in Sweetpeter.
Contemporary urban living is confronted in plays ranging from the starkly realistic to the playful, lyrical and surrealistic. From the innocent and imaginative world of a school playground to issues of racism, peer pressure, crime and communication in a mobile phone obsessed culture, this is a wide-ranging anthology that will enrich the repertoire of youth theatre groups and the curriculum in schools.
The volume is introduced by Paul Roseby, artistic director of the National Youth Theatre.
Fin Kennedy, an award-winning UK playwright, is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance programme at Goldsmiths College, London. He writes for adults and teenagers and his plays are regularly produced in the UK and around the world. He is also an acclaimed teacher of playwriting and community arts project manager, with a particular focus on young people's projects in London's East End. His second play How To Disappear Completely & Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Playwrighting Award. It was subsequently commissioned by Sam West for Sheffield Crucible and produced to critical acclaim in 2007. It has since been produced in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Melbourne, Auckland, and Portland, Oregon.
Kevin Fegan was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. He works full-time as a playwright and poet. He has written to commission over forty plays for a wide variety of theatres, several plays for BBC Radio 4 (including a 'Classic Serial' and a 'Woman's Hour' serial), a few short films and has worked as a storyline writer for Coronation Street. Kevin has published eight collections of poetry and edited several anthologies. He is a regular performer of his own poetry, and contributed to Methuen Drama's Six Ensemble Plays for Young People with Wan2Talk for the Everyman Theatre Liverpool, 2001.
Mike Barlett's debut, My Child (Royal Court, May 2007) saw him hailed by The Stage as 'one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times'. He is a winner of the Old Vic New Voices Award for Artefacts (Bush Theatre). In 2009, his play Cock won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, while Contractions was nominated for the TMA Best New Play award. Bartlett was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court in 2007, and is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. He has also written seven plays for the radio, including Not Talking for which he won the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes.
John Retallack was born in Oxford and is the founder and director of Company of Angels. He has written and directed a number of plays in recent years including Risk (2007), Virgins (2006), Ballroom (2004), Club Asylum (2002), The Wild Girl (2002), and Hannah and Hanna (2001). He was director of Oxford Stage Company from 1989 to 1999 and founding director of Actors Touring Company (ATC) from 1977 to 1985. He has toured and worked in many countries including Europe, India, Japan and America.
Usifu Jalloh from Sierra Leone is a professional actor, dancer, percussionist and storyteller. Since 1990 he has worked on numerous educational programmes in Sierra Leone, America and the UK. He has made two short films about refugees, including the award-winning Journeyman (2003).
Kay Ashead was born in Macnhester and no wlives and works in London. She is an actor, playwright and poet and trained at RADA. Her extensive acting acreer includes playing Cathy in the BBC drama series Wuthering Heights, and Linda in Mike Leigh's film Kiss of Death. She has written over fifteen theatre plays, including Thatcher's Women, Juicy Bits, The Bogus Woman, Animal, Bites and Bones. She is Artistic Director of the award-winning theatre company Mama Quillo (Theatre for Change). The Playground, published in Methuen Drama's Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors (2008), was Mama Quillo's first production.
Hattie Naylor has won several national and international awards for her plays, and has much of her work broadcast on BBC Radio, including Mathilde, Solaris, The Making of Ivan the Terrible, Ivan and the Dogs (Tinniswood Award for Best Original Radio Drama in 2009), and Clarissa. The stage version of Ivan and the Dogs was nominated in the 2010 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Theatre and opera work include Going Dark, Mother Savage, the opera Odysseus Unwound,The Nutcracker, Ben Hur, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Samuel Pepys' Diaries, Piccard in Space, and TheDark Art of Forgetting.