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Four Short Plays for Young People

Rachel Barnett

Publisher: Aurora Metro Books

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Summary

An entertaining collection of new short plays specially commissioned for young people, this book is a great resource for schools, colleges and youth theatres. With contemporary themes and a wide variety of roles, this collection enables young people to engage with serious topics while enjoying all the fun of performance.
 
Contents: LOL: LAUGHING OUT LOUD, CRYING INSIDE This is a play about bullying and bystanding – exploring the complex new world of cyber-bullying and internet trolling.
 
'With the tragic consequences of cyberbullying being seen regularly in the media it is important that students are educated about the impact of their actions and the law surrounding this crime… LOL is a script I will return to again and again.'  -Year 10 teacher
 
 ROCKETFUEL A forum-theatre play about peer pressure, making responsible choices about drinking and looking after your friends.
 
 'Every child in my class was so absorbed in the play. You seem to have really hit the message home to them. A fantastic starting point for the rest of the year’s PSHE curriculum.' - Year 8 Teacher
 
THREE SHOES A play which explores children working on stage and screen in the past and present, taking in the backstage life of a choirboy at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, a pantomime babe in Victorian England, and a pair of young film stars in the glare of the media today.
 
NOAH A colossal storm is brewing and the great flood is coming. Yet only one man and his family are doing anything to prepare. The rain starts to fall, the Ark’s doors close and an extraordinary journey must begin.
 
 'a terrific re-imagining of the biblical story. Rachel Barnett’s writing is immediate, intelligent, bold, quirky, consistently surprising and compelling for young people.'  -Youth Theatre Director, Chichester Festival Theatre
 
Reviews:
 
'It’s never easy to find inclusive, meaty plays suitable for youth theatres or schools so this contribution from well-established children’s playwright Rachel Barnett is very welcome. Rocketfuel is a nicely balanced piece about risk taking and boundaries commissioned for gap year students to perform in secondary schools.' - Susan Elkin, The Stage
 
 'Rachel Barnett’s excellent play texts give voice to the concerns of young people, exploring options for dealing with the pressures of teenage life. Her production of Noah, which was performed by our Youth Theatre in 2012, was a gem of a show and makes you wonder why schools are still performing musicals and pantos when there is new writing of this standard out there.' - Jonathan Church, former Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre
 
About the Author
 
Rachel's plays have been performed in the UK and internationally, including in London at the Hampstead Theatre, the Royal Court, the Arcola Theatre, and Polka Theatre, also at Chichester Festival Theatre, the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Manhattan Theatre Source in New York, Live Girls in Seattle, and Auroville in India. She has a wide range of interests which inform her writing. Projects to date have included original work, adaptations, translations, theatre for young audiences, and dramaturgy of collaborative devised work. A sought-after workshop leader, Rachel shares her time between writing, producing, teaching and arts project management.

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