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Blackout by Davey Anderson

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£7.50

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Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd (1 Jan. 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0573052581
ISBN-13: 978-0573052583


What's great about this play is that it can be performed with any number of characters, and with simple settings. You could perform it as a monologue or you could perform it as part of a collective of storytellers. The dialogue is not linked to a specific character so either one person could perform it all, or a group could work how to deliver it.

It is inspired by the true stories of a young offender from Glasgow, it is about a 15 year old who had committed a violent crime. This short play was part of the National Theatre's "New Connections" programme which commissions plays about and for young people and was presented to critical acclaim at the Royal National Theatre.

It's a hard-hitting play about 'getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again'. The staging can be as simple or elaborate as desired.

Suitable for GCSE (with a few swear words), or A Level, it would be a great play for an examined practical piece, or to give to groups and see what they come up. It would be a great play to give to students to help inspire a devised piece that involves collective story telling. It's very well suited to boys (but there could some female parts too if you chose to cast the mother and the story tellers) and especially ones who can do accents-the Glasgow accent features heavily in it.

It is only short too...28 pages, so it would easily be performed in one lesson. A perfect choice for the drama classroom.

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