Critically acclaimed coming-of-age comedy SHEWOLVES, now transferred to London’s Southwark Playhouse (Borough) after success at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour, follows fourteen-year-olds Priya and Lou on a cover expedition into the wild of the Peak District, inspired in their climate activism by Greta Thunberg.
But when the wilderness closes in around them, can they overcome their differences to make their voices heard?
Young people were involved at every stage of the development of SHEWOLVES with writer Sarah Middleton and director Hannah Stone, who describes it as “a love letter to teenagers”.
“Young people have a voice and adults have a responsibility to listen”
For last night’s post-show event, we used that as a jumping-off point for a wider discussion about theatre for, with and about young people:
👉 How does theatre for young people differ?
👉 Why is it necessary?
👉 Is there enough being produced and programmed?
👉 What’s the crossover appeal?
👉 Are we all ‘eterniteens’?
To tackle these and other questions around the topic, I was joined onstage by SHEWOLVES playwright Sarah Middleton; Emily Grey, chief executive and creative director of British Youth Music Theatre, the national performing arts education charity and the largest commissioner of new musicals in the UK; and Nuna Sandy, associate artistic director of Company Three, which creates theatre and change with 11- to 19-year-olds.
SHEWOLVES continues at Southwark Playhouse Borough until 8 July 2023.
Event photography by Georgina Calvey.
How do you best make theatre for & with young people?
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) June 27, 2023