Fox Hunting at the Courtyard Theatre
Wednesday 4 April 2018
London Fringe - Shows
A thought-provoking piece of verbatim theatre based on transcripts of interviews with South Londoners directly affected by knife crime, heads to the Courtyard Theatre for three weeks in May.
Image: The Courtyard
Tragically, knife crime is still on the rise in London and accounts for more than a third of all knife crime offences UK-wide.
Now, a new play by 21-year-old David Alade blasts open how it affects the lives of those who perpetrate these crimes as well as the victims, and how it has become a sad normality for teenagers growing up in our capital.
Fox Hunting is a thought-provoking piece of verbatim theatre which comes to the Courtyard Theatre for three weeks from 1 to 19 May 2018.
Based on transcripts of interviews with South Londoners directly affected by knife crime, this new play by 21-year-old David Alade shows how it affects the lives of those who perpetrate these crimes as well as the victims, and how it has become a sad normality for teenagers growing up in the capital.
Fox Hunting came about when David Alade, the writer, decided that the stories of many youths in South London needed to be heard.
Collecting transcripts from real people, who chose to remain anonymous, Alade has combined their stories into this stark piece that catches the real stories of knife crime, as well as the laughter and remorse of real people, both the victims and the perpetrators.
This new play is brought to the Courtyard by Elah Productions; a new theatrical company that supports new talent who are looking to tell stories in a refreshing and artistic way.
The show features performers Chris J. Gordon, Devante Mavour, Joshua Lewis and Quinton Arigi, alongside Alade himself.
About the author
David Alade was born in South-East London and raised in Peckham.
David has a BA(Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
In his final year, he won the Major Prize for Best Dissertation.
Whilst studying at Anglia Ruskin, he joined the Identity School of Acting - well known for developing talents like John Boyega (Star Wars) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther).
Whilst training at Identity, he was offered a read with the Identity Agency Group and gained representation by them.
He featured in BRIT Award winning Stormzy's Gang Signs and Prayer short film/music video directed by Rollo Jackson, in which he played the lead role, Thomas.
Fox Hunting came about because a young man believed that the stories of many youths in South London needed to be heard.
Brought to us by Elah Productions; a new theatrical company that supports new talent who are looking to tell stories in a refreshing and artistic way.
Fox Hunting, created by David Alade, 21, is a verbatim styled piece - the piece of work created from the real transcript of individuals - that looks at the stories of five young men and their experiences with knife crime in London.
Alade made contact with and interviewed four individuals who grew up in South London and had an experience of knife crime that affected their life and some of the choices they made prior to the experience.
The interviewees who choose to remain anonymous had their interviews turned into transcripts and then artistically into a play that brings about laughter, remorse and sagacity towards the lives of just some normal teenagers.
The character's Terrel, Lawrence, Jake, Darral and Joshua converse about their experiences comparing their innocence to that of foxes that fell victim to fox hunting.
Rupert Holloway the creative director at the theatre was delighted to hear about Alade's play and even encouraged him as it is such an objective issue in London today.
It is a play that aims to tell the truth and give insight about the lives of our youths today.
A though-provoking piece that is fit for anyone who wants to witness the birth of a remarkable play and is budding to see some fresh new talent perform and really live in the moment.
Chris J. Gordon
Author: Created by David Alade
Director: Rupert Holloway
Production: Elah Productions
From: Tuesday 1 May 2018
Closes: Saturday 19 May 2018
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