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“I trade in my teenage years for you
To protect you
Create what I never had
So you’ll see how beautiful the world can be”
Connor and Kelly are brother and sister. They share the same birthday, but ten years apart. Since the disappearance of their parents, when Kelly was three, they have been dependent on each other for survival. Connor is everything to Kelly: dad, brother, mum, friend – and storyteller. They’ve learned how important it is to believe in something fantastic when you’re living off the grid.
But what happens when you discover you’ve made the wrong decision? Forced to back down, do you sacrifice your beliefs in order to stay together?
Developed in partnership with young people, Off the Grid is an immersive new play by David Lane that navigates a shocking and heart breaking human story through the underbelly of a hidden society. Follow Connor and Kelly over ten years and discover if their own tale is as hopeful as the fiction they’ve clung on to for their very existence.
Please note, Off the Grid is an immersive production. There is no assigned seating and audiences stand throughout the performance. If you have any access requirements please contact the box office.
Funded by The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Nominated for an OFFIE Award (The Off West End Theatre Awards) for Best Production For Young People Age 13+
(Winners announced February 2019)
“(It’s the) realism which makes this show so powerful.”
“(Off the Grid is) a production that deals with one of the most pressing and defining themes of the current moment… It’s an incisive, devastating, complex production that explores the role of truth and fiction in our personal lives, the stories we tell each other to make the world more palatable, and the dangers of withholding the truth.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews
“(Off the Grid) offers a raw portrayal of the pressures poverty places on mental health… (The show) is an ultimately hopeful reminder of our responsibility to be civically engaged, and to use our imaginations not to avoid the world, but to dream of how we can change it for the better.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews
2018 TOUR DATES
Half Moon Theatre, London
Wednesday 7 – Monday 12 November
(no performance on Sunday 11 October)
The Egg, Bath
Tuesday 13 November
The Riverfront, Newport
Wednesday 14 November
Tuesday 20 November
Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Wednesday 21 November
Stamford Arts Centre
Thursday 22 November
The Garage, Norwich
Friday 23 November
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Tuesday 27 November
The Civic, Barnsley
Thursday 29 November
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Friday 30 November
Forest Forge Theatre, Ringwood
Saturday 1 December
KELLY, LAYLA and FLORA | Jesse Bateson
CONNOR and NICK | Bradley Connor
RAYMOND VOICEOVER | William Harrison-Wallace
DIRECTOR | Chris Elwell
DESIGNER | Verity Quinn
COMPOSER | Guy Connelly
PRODUCTION MANAGER and LIGHTING DESIGNER | Phil Clarke
TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER | Miranda Paraskeva
Stephen Beeny and David Ovenden (production photography); Billy Paine (flyer and poster design); Andy Shewan and Adam Nee (set build and painting); Beau Allton-Nee (props); Comets, Sunbeam and Moonbeam Youth Theatres (drawings); Holly Kasselder (UEL Student Placement); Y9/10/11 students who helped through the various stages of script development from: Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools, Bow School, Central Foundation Girls’ School, George Green’s School, Langdon Park Sch ool, Leyton Sixth Form College, London Enterprise Academy, Mulberry UTC, Oaklands School, Raine’s Foundation School, St Michael’s Catholic College, St Paul’s Way Trust School, School 21, Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat School, and Swanlea School; and the Half Moon team.