FUTURE VOICES was an initiative to create theatre that both reflects and speaks for the young people in our communities most at risk of cultural exclusion.
In September 2017 the Southwark Playhouse began working with twenty-four young people in five schools across South London. Each school was paired with a professional writing mentor, who helped to develop students’ skills in writing for performance through regular workshops, with the aim of ultimately enabling each young person to write a short piece for performance. These were showcased in front of an audience at the Southwark Playhouse on the 19th and 20th April 2018.
DWS Audio recorded eleven of these plays during the dress rehearsal period, and we are proud to present the first of these here.
INJUSTICE by Blessing Okuchukwu (Sacred Heart Catholic College) – Jamal is accused of stealing a bag of rice. Is he guilty, or simply the victim of racial prejudice?
90s LOVE by Nana Opoku (Sacred Heart Catholic College) – Paige and Justice share a kiss. Could it be that they are more than just mates?
A WOMAN’S TOUCH by Joanna Byrne (Platanos College) – May 1926. The coal miners are on strike over pay reductions and worsening conditions. But in a world dominated by men, what can a women do to help their cause?
Teri Ann Bobb Baxter
Future Voices was co-ordinated by David Workman (Youth & Community Director at the Southwark Playhouse). The project was generously supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Peter Cruddas Foundation and the Ashley Family Foundation.
This piece was inspired by Jonas Blue and Major Laser. The quietest point is the chorus after a louder verse; it then builds to the loudest part of the song. Many songs do this, but I first learnt this from Smells like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
Humiliation is the one thing that pupils fear the most. Gary would rather die than suffer the ‘Big H’. But when a fast tap stains his trousers, causing widespread mirth, he must decide whether to flee or fight.
Self-appointed fashion expert April, and her mate Beth, are not happy. Beth can’t find the value of ‘Y’, while, April has a problem with a shirt that looks alarmingly like a map of the London underground…