2010 – teenagers work

In 2010, three brand new cross-artform ensemble companies formed and presented scratch performances of new shows they had created for teenagers. The novelist, Courttia Newland, developed a new script. The artists had input from teenagers from schools and groups in our local area. The 2010 festival day was held on 24 June and was attended by theatre professionals from across the country. The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner, writer David Lane, poet Zena Edwards and Half Moon’s Youth Theatre members were the guest speakers on the day, leading the provocation sessions.

The 2010 artists and plays were:

Glass Knickers

Lissia Fraser – Digital Media Artist
Jacqueline Johnstone – Contemporary Dance Athlete
Conrad the Scoundrel – MC/Producer
Partner Centre for Development – George Green’s School, E14

This ensemble produced a piece exploring male attitudes to women, in particular a brother and sister relationship.



Amberin Huq – Visual Artist
Sean Graham – Theatre Artist/Choreographer
Marv-Ill – Beatbox/MC
Partner Centre for Development – Stepney Green Boys School, E1 & Swanlea Secondary, E1

Set in a twisted game show state of mind, this ensemble explored identity – what makes you who you are.


The Closer I get the Distant I am

Vipul Bhatti – Dance Artist
Tamsin Kayembe aka Concise One – Lyricist
Nick Tyson – Musician
Partner Centre for Development – Limehouse Youth Centre, E14

A physical piece looking at how young people communicate and how they find release, especially the impact of digital technologies through self-harm.


Look To The Sky
By Courttia Newland

A new play which challenged the stereotypes that young people face through labelling by society, in a piece of writing full of lyricism.

The rehearsed reading featured actors Pedro de Sousa, Ayesha Antoine, Divian Ladwa and Kim Hardy. Look To The Sky was shortlisted for the 2010 Alfred Fagon Awards. The piece was developed into a full commission and toured nationally during the autumn 0f 2011. For more information, visit the Production Archive page.


View the 2010 documentary below:

Download the 2010 Delegate Pack here