We are happy to announce that Y&T have been asked to perform Dungeness by Chris Thompson for National Theatre Connections 2018. We will be performing for the second year at the fantastic Soho Theatre with Y&T Rep Company, in the heart of the west end.
This is the second time that Young and Talented have taken part in NT Connections, the country’s biggest festival of youth theatre.
Dungeness takes place in a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to LGBT+ people, in a country far away.
The play asks difficult questions like, how do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? It is a play about love, commemoration and protest.
On writing the play Chris said, ‘I wrote this play because, like countless others, I was bullied for being gay when I was younger and grew up in a vacuum of LGBT+ visibility. Like countless others, I campaigned for equal age of consent, the abolition of Section 28, the right to marry – to overturn a slew of legislation that was based on disgust, at every turn, I have had to ask permission from straight people to be myself. There are still places in this country where it is not safe for me to hold my lover’s hand; we’re part of something bigger, a global effort to free LGBT+ people from oppression. And we have so much further to go – at home and elsewhere. But most of all, I wrote this because I absolutely love love, and I love being gay.’
Chris Thompson worked for 12 years as a social worker before quitting to become a full time playwright based in New York and London. His current play Of Kith and Kin will be on at The Bush Theatre from the 18th of October.